Derrick Brooks Charities

Derrick Brooks Charities works primarily in the Tampa Bay community to provide youth with educational programs and opportunities to develop a cultural and social vision. We are able to inspire the youth toward a brighter future through our many programs. Please help raise funds by bidding, this will help the Derrick Brooks Charities continue to provide support for our youth in need. We need your help and remember that EVERY BID COUNTS!

Derrick Brooks was born and raised in Pensacola, FL. He grew up with many challenges, yet reached past all of his struggles and became a first-round NFL draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995. This began his 14-year, hall of fame career.

In his career, he pushed himself. He recorded 2,198 tackles which are the most in franchise history. He often proved that defense can turn the tide of a game by scoring 8defensive touchdowns, the second most in Buccaneers' history. Fourteen seasons,25 interceptions, 6 All-Pro selections, and 11 Pro Bowls earned him induction into the Capitol One Academic All America Hall of Fame in August 2014.

Prior to playing for the Buccaneers, Derrick attended Florida State University where he excelled, not only as an athlete but most importantly as a student. He earned his bachelor's degree and after being drafted by the Buccaneers, went back to FSUand earned his Masters Degree in Business Communications. Derrick's passion for education and inspiring young people led him to begin his charitable work in the community.

As driven as DerrickBrooks was to build his career, he poured himself into his family and community. Legacy is at the heart of his drive. First and foremost, the glory for the greatness he has achieved he turns over to God. Following that, he recognizes that life itself is a team game, perhaps the ultimate team game. This is why his community efforts are so imperative to him.

This is why a simple conversation with a young girl has turned into the array of programs that Derrick Brooks Charities focuses on today. He has learned through a life of hard knocks and knocking hard, that mental fortitude is critical to the game and it doesn't happen by chance. It is the culmination of training, diligence, and vision.

Character, teamwork, hard work, perseverance, greatness, success, failures, motivation, humility. Those are the things that this game has really taught me.

And that is exactly what he attempts to pass on to others through his legacy and his charities. The mission of Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc. is to provide educational opportunities for socio-economically challenged youth that will instill, inspire, broaden and develop cultural and social vision outside of the walls in which they live, to ensure that these young people have every chance to develop into the strong, productive leaders of tomorrow. We need your help and remember that EVERY BID COUNTS!