CELEBRITY/ENTERTAINER BECOMES PART-OWNER OF VALLEYDAWGSApril 23, 2006 By USBL
Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs’ owner, Arthur S. Glover, is proud to announce his new franchise partnership with now co-owner, Gervase Peterson, television celebrity and entertainer.
The Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs, members of the United States Basketball League (USBL), are thrilled to announce the addition of Gervase. After years of studying the craft of acting in Pennsylvania, Gervase received his big break as one of the original castaways on the first-ever season of Survivor. The Philadelphia native was the first African-American on the reality series. He underwent ten tribal councils before he had to leave the island, making him one of seven finalists for the million dollar reward that triggered the explosion of the reality television take-over.
“We created the way that the game is played,” Gervase, who became known simply by his first name after doing Survivor, said. “We created the idea of an alliance. We actually tried to be fair!
“To play now, you have to team up with other people. In the original show, no one had any idea what to expect. Nowadays, people study the game and try to create an entire strategy to win. None of us had that luxury.”
Survivor brought about a revolution that placed reality television on every station on television. Gervase reflected upon when he realized how big that the show was going to become.
“For me the big day was when we ate rat,” Gervase remembered. “We couldn’t catch a fish, and we were starving. I just remember sitting there and thinking: When people at home watch this, they’re going to completely flip! That’s when I knew it was going to be big.”
Gervase has built quite a portfolio in the entertainment industry since being sprung to Hollywood status on Pulau Tiga, the small Malaysian island where the original Survivor was filmed. Gervase has appeared and co-hosted with the likes of David Letterman, Jay Leno, Rosie O’Donnell, and Regis Philbin. He also played a recurring role on As the World Turns, as well as appearing on numerous TV shows, such as Hollywood Squares, Nash Bridges, the Hughleys, and Howard Stern’s Son of the Beach. He has also worked for MTV, CBS, and NBC, in addition to doing some modeling work.
Still, the level-minded and good-hearted Gervase is grateful for the opportunities that Survivor provided him.
“Survivor was my break in the business. After doing the show, I felt like ‘let me take this ball and run with it’.” Gervase continued, “After doing the show, I was running back and forth to L.A. for work, and my name was sitting on guests lists right beside Brad Pitt.”
The humble Gervase joked about the life he worked so hard to create.
“Freedom-wise, I don’t have a nine-to-five gig. It’s a great feeling; everybody would love to be in this situation. Ever since I was a kid,” he laughed, “I wanted to get a paper route. Maybe I will… just simply because I can!”
Gervase also expressed his excitement about the upcoming ValleyDawg season.
“I can’t wait to help out the ValleyDawgs in any way, shape, or form. More so than anything, I’m a huge basketball fan,” he said. “I’ll be the one bringing signs to the game to get the crowd amped up!”