Metropolitan Ministries to Honor Derrick Brooks with

2014 Bridge Builder Award May 2


(Tampa, FL)  Derrick Brooks, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker and 2014 NFL Hall of Famer, will be honored as a hall of famer for the community. Metropolitan Ministries will present Brooks with the 2014 Bridge Builder award for his outstanding community service and visionary leadership in providing educational support to young people in the Tampa Bay area.

The Bridge Builder luncheon is Metropolitan Ministries’ annual fund-raising event in support of our programs that provide services for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. Metro Min President Tim Marks, says the honor is perfect for the work that Brooks has done for years. “This is a man who remembered those who needed help the most, our young people in search of mentors, educational opportunities and the families who are struggling every day to provide the basic necessities. Derrick is a supporter of Metropolitan Ministries and volunteers with us as well as donates food, toys and clothing to our clients. Now is the time for this community to come together and say thank you to Derrick.” 

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will deliver greetings to the audience and the Metropolitan Ministries Partnership students will perform. 

In February 2014, Derrick received one of the highest honors of his life by being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he has revived various awards from National Football Association affiliated organizations such as: the 2000 Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year award; the 2008 JB Award through the NFL Players association, which recognizes an NFL player annually for their commitment to the communities in which they live. 

For his community and civic contributions, Derrick was appointed to the board of trustrees' of Florida State University by Governor Jeb Bush in 2003, where he occupied a seat until 2011; served on the Florida Department of Education Foundation, St. Leo's University and Brooks-Debartolo Charities, INC ;in 2007 was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist as the Chairman for the Governor's Council on Physical; and partnered with the DeBartolo Family, to open the very first traditional charter high school in the Tampa Bay area- Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School. 


He founded Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc. with his life’s mission to positively impact the lives of youth in the Tampa Bay area through educational programming and mentoring. 

Previous Bridge Builder honorees include: Tony Dungy, Greg Schiano, Tod Leiweke, The Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy Family, and Amy Grant.

The event is Friday, May 2, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside at 11:30 am.Ticket prices start at $100 per person.


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