Event, Part of 12th Annual Derrick Brooks Celebrity Golf Classic, to Benefit Brooks’ Namesake Charity


TAMPA, Fla. – Former NFL star and longtime community supporter Derrick Brooks will host his Celebrity Blackjack Tournament and Golf Pairings Party presented by Jack Daniels on Sunday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The tournament, part of the 12th Annual Derrick Brooks Celebrity Golf Classic, will benefit DB|55 Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., Brook’s namesake charity that focus on improving the lives of underserved youth in the Tampa Bay area by providing positive impactful, educational and scholarship opportunities.


“We are absolutely thrilled to help Derrick and his team of all-stars in his mission to provide educational mentoring and financial opportunities for disadvantaged children in our community,” said John Fontana, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. “Players of all skill levels are invited to join us for this charitable evening at our world class entertainment destination.” 

Tickets include access to the 12th Annual Derrick Brooks Celebrity Golf Classic Pairings Party presented by Jack Daniels.  Brooks, along with celebrity guests including Marcus Allen, Deion Sanders, Brad Johnson, Vinny Testaverde, Warren Sapp and Mike Alstott. The Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders and others will join sponsors and supporters for a cocktail reception where guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dancing and live entertainment in addition to the Blackjack Tournament.


The next morning, April 30 at 9 a.m., the Golf Classic tees off at the prestigious Old Memorial Golf Course. Each team will be paired with a celebrity player for 18 holes of great networking and friendly competition. Immediately following the greens play there will be an awards luncheon. The Golf Classic is open to everyone at all levels of golf play.


Recognized as often for his hard work in the community as he is for his hard hits on the football field, Derrick Brooks remains one of the most community-minded players in the NFL. Through his foundation, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., Brooks has made it his life's mission to constructively impact the lives of children and families in the Tampa Bay area.


Tickets are $250 for the Charity Blackjack Tournament seat and may be purchased at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Rock Shop. Additional sponsorships at a variety of personal and corporate levels are available by visiting or by contacting Bonita Pulido at .


About DB|55 Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc.

Founded by former All-Pro linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Derrick Brooks, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc strives 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 and productive leaders of tomorrow. In 1995, Brooks began his community involvement initiative. In 1997, he created the Brooks Bunch, a gathering of economically disadvantaged youth from the Wilbert Davis, Ybor City, and Brandon Boys & Girls Clubs. Through his involvement and mentoring, Brooks encouraged and motivated the children to excel in the classroom taking them on educational journeys around the world. Over the years as his involvement increased, the initial program evolved into the First and Goal college preparatory program that prepares youth ages 14 – 18 to successfully enter post secondary education and occupational training programs. Today, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc. provides a full-spectrum of motivational educational initiatives including the Brooks Bunch Scholarship program, the Rites of Passage mentoring curriculum for disadvantaged young ladies and various youth crime prevention and deterrence programs.


About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with nearly 190,000 square feet of non-stop casino gaming action featuring Blackjack, Mini and Midi-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Casino War and Texas Hold ‘em Poker along with over 4,200 of the most popular slot machines. The resort also houses Florida’s newest, smoke-free poker room with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud.  For the sixth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating.  Guests can enjoy a variety of critically acclaimed restaurants and bars including the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, part of Hard Rock’s 138 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurants, the award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant and the Fresh Harvest seven-station dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available.  The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is located off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa.  For more information, please call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at  or .  Follow us on Twitter at .



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