On May 18, 1991, Bradley was born at Saint Francis Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina to Louis and Sylvia Blake. He was the youngest of three children and brought immeasurable joy to the Blake household. Before Bradley reached the age of one, he was dedicated back to the Lord at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Alvin, South Carolina. As a youth, he attended Bethlehem Baptist Church and was a member of the church’s Sunday School and the Sunbeam Choir.
Bradley was educated in the Berkeley County School District and later by private and Virtual School. He graduated in May 2010 from South Carolina Connections Academy in Columbia, South Carolina.
Bradley possessed a great love for music, sports, and video games that aided in making him a very unique and special person! As an avid video-gamer, tech enthusiast, and sports lover, Bradley combined those interests by creating and designing a computer program featuring him playing basketball against Michael Jordan. During his athletic life, he played baseball, football, and basketball, but amongst all sports, basketball was his dream! Although he did not have the opportunity to play basketball in the local high school, he always made an impact playing in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) League, as well as, in the community, church, and recreational center leagues. Additionally, Bradley’s passion for basketball led him to attend several basketball camps including: Kenny Smith Carolina Basketball Camp in North Carolina, College of Charleston in South Carolina, and South Carolina Gamecocks where he was awarded the Dave Odom Player of the week award.
Although Bradley loved sports, as he grew older, his desire for music and video games intensified. He desired a career designing video games. In 2012, he enrolled in Trident Technical College’s Computer Game Design Certificate program and worked as a work study student in the Computer Labs. Bradley also served as an employee with seasonal positions at Wal-Mart and the United Parcel Service. He additionally, worked in a temporary position at National Car Rental and part-time with the Coke Cola Bottling Company.
Bradley was full of life and knew the true meaning of love. He loved God, his family, and friends dearly. He gave effortlessly and without reserve. He cared about those around him, and in sharing all that he had, truly embodied the creed of loving his neighbors. He believed in helping the less privileged, regardless of the consequences. He shared with his friends and exceeded his capacity to help those in need. Bradley was a quiet, reflective person who practiced introspection, and felt deeply. His life touched the hearts of many. His smile and easygoing nature will be remembered by all he encountered.
Bradley will be in our hearts forever, and his dream and compassion for others will continue to live through the Bradley Blake Caring and Sharing Foundation.