Keynon Lake is a native of the beautiful mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina. His parents, Bennie and Robin Lake, were excellent role models and pillars in the community where he grew up. Keynon attended Asheville High School, where he was an All-State basketball player and eager student. He earned a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central University,where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Sports Medicine. Following in his father, Bernie's footsteps, Keynon played collegiate basketball and briefly embraced a pro basketball career abroad.
Upon his return to the United States, Keynon's career path turned to social work. He has been employed by Buncombe County Health and Human Services for the past 11 years; first as Child Protective Services Social Worker III and most recently as a Community Service Navigator and Prevention Social Worker.
In 2012, Keynon authored and published the book My Daddy Taught Me That…, which speaks to the need for engaged, active, and committed fathers in single parent homes. It also challenges and encourages men, both young and old, to become better role models for the next generation of marginalized youth and young males. His book is the foundation for which the nonprofit Men's Development Youth Program, My Daddy Taught Me That…, is designed.