Congratulations to Derrick Brooks Charities

Congratulations to Derrick Brooks Charities

Congratulations to Derrick Brooks Charities on being the recipient of a grant from AMC Cares Charitable Fund .This grant has been given to DBC and Metropolitan Ministries as an effort to assist both charities in the continued efforts impact AMC communities.

Congratulations Derrick Brooks on Being Named The Citizen of The Year!

February 9, 2017




Derrick Brooks presented with the Tampa Metro Civitan Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award 

Tampa, Fla. – Today, Tampa Bay Storm President Derrick Brooks was presented with the Tampa Metro Civitan Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award.

Derrick Brooks said, “It is humbling to receive such an award from Tampa Metro Civitan.  It is a blessing to be given a platform in which we can all make a difference and impact so many lives.  I look forward to continue helping others wherever and whenever I can.  It truly takes a team effort to change our community by using our most valuable resource.  That resource is our time.”

One of the most community-minded players in the NFL, Books has devoted his post-football career to making a difference for others and leaving a lasting impression on the Tampa Bay community.  Through his charitable endeavors, Brooks has made it his mission to have a positive influence on the lives of the youth in Tampa.

Formed on April 21, 1927, Tampa Metro Civitan has recognized 87 individuals as its Outstanding Citizen.  This award is presented to those who have unselfishly given their time, talent and energy to help better the City of Tampa.


11th Annual “Bridging the Gap” Softball Game

Derrick Brooks Charities along a number of co-sponsors presented the 11th Annual “Bridging the Gap” Softball Game. This softball games give local first responders and  local teens an opportunity to place side by side as teammates.Before the opening pitch ,the group held a discussion about the importance of working together to keep neighborhoods safe! We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to The City of Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department, Tampa Fire & Rescue and the FBI for their participation in the event! Congratulations to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department for a victory in this years game! We look forward to  next year’s event being bigger and better.

Adventure Capital (Ad Cap)

On November 15,2016 , Our student entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to present their project ideas to bring health and wellness to BDCHS and the surrounding community! The students did an amazing job, and they all had awesome project ideas. Once all of the student were finished pitching their idea, the judges selected 3 students who were awarded a $1,500 grant to make their ideas a reality. Congratulations to our winners and all of the student entrepreneurs! Those who didn’t win still have the opportunity to submit their ideas online to see if they qualify for project funding! Thank you to the students who submitted themselves to this process and also to Adventure Capital and the Dairy Council of Florida!!



2016 Family Health and Wellness Fair

On November 9, 2016, Derrick Brooks Charities along with the City of Tampa, Fifth Third Bank and the Springhill Park Community Center conducted their First Annual Family Health and Wellness Fair at Springhill Park Community Center in Sulphur Springs from 4pm – 7pm. The event was a huge success. We would like to thank all of the vendors who came out to support as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm and the Tampa Bay Rays. Also a very special shout out to our Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School Brooks Bunch volunteers who did a great job.



Adventure Capital (Adcap) Update


Our student entrepreneurs have been using the adcap project designer to work on their projects to resolve an issue within the school pertaining to health and wellness! On November 15,2016 the students  will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions to an esteemed group of judges with a chance to win a grant to implement their idea!! Good luck to all of our BDCHS/Adcap student entrepreneurs!



Brooks Bunch Bootcamp Update

The last couple of weeks have been very productive in the program! The students have been learning some amazing foundations in personal finance! We have covered several components including,savings, budgeting,and debt! Over the next couple of week we will be covering credit, debt and the financial mindset of most students after high school. Continue to visit our website blog for more updates!!!!

Brooks Bunch Business Bootcamp Update

On October 11th,  Brooks Bunch Business Bootcamp held its first session at BDCHS! This focus of this session was Personal Finance! The students acquire information on things such as describing personal finance and outlining the components of effective financial planning. Thank you to all of the student who have made the commitment to attend this program!!!






Derrick Brooks Charities Rites of Passage Female Mentoring Program Update September 2016 – March 2017

On September 10, 2016, the Rites of Passage mentors held a parent meeting at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School. In the meeting, we discussed the programs overview and upcoming events. Parents also had an opportunity to address concerns and ask questions. Thank you to all the families that participated.  KNOWLEDGE is POWER and that’s exactly what the young ladies of the ROPP gained in the month of October while visiting the Human Rights Center. Learning about the background and history of our 30 human rights was enlightening and informative. In addition to the educational experience, we enjoyed the International Day of The Girl Luncheon. Guest speakers shared powerful lectures about empowering girls/women through education and employment opportunities. Issues of human trafficking, equality and social justice were also topics of discussion. The girls will return to the Human Rights Center in February to finish the class and receive certificates of completion.

During the months of November 2016 –March 2017 the young ladies had opportunities to participate in various activities. Officers Perry and Lovette from the Tampa Police Department spoke to the girls on topics regarding bullying, absentee fathers and building your brand.  Mrs. Tia Young, owner of Tampa Bay Etiquette Academy hosted a private Dining & Social Etiquette Luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant for our mentees. Topics covered were table manners, formal introductions, greetings and handshakes, conversation skills, public speaking, sitting and standing with confidence. Can someone say ice-skating! The girls spent quality time bonding and having fun celebrating the holiday season ice-skating at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. To kick of the New Year, we honored Dr. Martin Luther King by participating in the MLK Parade and our very own Derrick Brooks had the honor of being Grand Marshall! The girls have almost completed their classes involving human rights. One more class to go and they will receive their certificates! We observed the month of March by focusing on historical women in black history. The girls created and presented vision boards in the memory of these influential women. As always, thank you all for your continued support of the ROPP.



2016 Adventure Capital Pilot Program Kick Off

On Sept. 23 2016 ,  Derrick Brooks Charities in partnership with Adventure Capital , and  Dairy Council of Florida  held the kick off for  an exciting pilot program at Brooks Debartolo Collegiate  High School, where a select group of students will have the opportunity to work closely with a supporting teacher to design their BIG idea on how to solve a health and wellness challenge in their school community. Student groups or individuals will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions to an esteemed group of judges in November, with a chance to win a grant to implement their idea. During the kick off, the students actually began working on their project plans! We are so excited about this program and we look forward to some awesome project ideas!! Stay tuned for program updated!!

Students pitching their ideas to each other.

Students pitching their ideas to each other.

Project Planning

Project Planning

Building Lego Prototypes

Building Lego Prototypes

Kick Off & 1st Meeting

Kick Off & 1st Meeting