June 30, 2003
Former Seminole Derrick Brooks and his 2003 “Brooks’ Bunch” made a visit to Florida State Monday morning in the final stretch of their 11-day tour of several U.S. cities and universities. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl linebacker and 29 members of the Tampa Boys & Girls Clubs began their adventure on June 22 and have traveled to New York City, Chicago and Atlanta.
Brooks sponsors educational field trips annually to reward youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs who have exhibited hard work, good grades and exemplary behavior in school. The 2003 & Beyond trip marks the sixth such trip made by the Brooks’ Bunch. Past Brooks’ Bunch trips have included tours of the Western United States, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Ft. Lauderdale.
One of the goals of the Brooks’ Bunch & Beyond 2003 program is to help prepare every student for life after high school. Brooks felt a visit to his old stompin’ grounds would be beneficial to these young people. The group got a tour of the football facilities with current Seminole tailback Greg Jones and Defensive Coordinator Mickey Andrews gave a talk before the kids were shown a football video.
“I wanted to show them where I come from and where I earned my education and show them how important this University is to me,” Brooks said, “and at same time, give them a small experience of a big, four-year university. I wanted to try to give them an idea of what it’s like to be part of a big school with a lot of people and with as much tradition as we have.”
While in Tallahassee, “Brooks’ Bunch” will also visit the Florida State University Seminole Reservation, Florida A&M University, J/K Arabian Stables and Ginnie Springs.