June 19, 2003
Through his “Brooks’ Bunch & Beyond 2003” program, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks will accompany 29 members of Tampa Boys & Girls Clubs on a 11-day tour of the several major U.S. cities and universities. The group will travel through the U.S. from June 22 – July 2, visiting New York City, Chicago, Atlanta and Tallahassee, FL.
Since November of 2002, students from Tampa Boys & Girls Clubs who were interested in earning a spot on the trip have been studying the steps they need to take to succeed in life after high school during bimonthly classes taught by Hillsborough County public school teachers at the Boys & Girls Clubs.
The goal of the Brooks’ Bunch & Beyond 2003 program is to help prepare every student for life after high school by helping them prepare for the SAT, getting them involved in community service, providing them with life skills, such as creating resumes and cover letters, and teaching them responsibility by allowing them to take an active role in the trip planning.
To earn a spot on the trip, students were required to write essays, perform various research assignments and interview in front of a panel of judges. All assignments, along with the students’ attendance and behavioral marks during the classes, were tabulated and counted towards a final grade for the class. Students who completed their assignments, demonstrated good behavior and maintained their grades in school earned a ticket.
While in Tallahassee, “Brooks’ Bunch” will visit Florida State University, the Florida State University Reservation, Florida A&M University, J/K Arabian Stables and Ginnie Springs.
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 will mark 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.