I thought I'd put this up for anyone interested in community service. Keith Brooking would obviously deserve this honor given what he's done during his time in Atlanta.
Check out the press release after the jump.
ATLANTA, Sept. 9, 2008 – The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer and ‘official home improvement sponsor’ of the National Football League, today announced the 2008 line-up of players honored as The Home Depot NFL® Neighborhood MVPs. Now in its second year, the program recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their local communities through charitable programs and contributions.
The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP program will reward 17 players, one for each week of the regular season, with a playground build in their local market and a donation to the charity of their choice. Each player will work with representatives from KaBOOM!®, a national nonprofit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America, and volunteers from The Home Depot to complete the playground projects.
Players who will be recognized during the 2008 season include: Keith Brooking, Atlanta Falcons; Vernon Carey, Miami Dolphins; Nate Clements, San Francisco 49ers; Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles; Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns; Bobby Engram, Seattle Seahawks; Mike Furrey, Detroit Lions; Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings; Andre Johnson, Houston Texans; Kassim Osgood, San Diego Chargers; Samari Rolle, Baltimore Ravens; Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers; Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears; Amani Toomer, New York Giants; Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals; and Ty Warren, New England Patriots.
“The Home Depot and the NFL are two organizations that share a commitment to giving back to local communities,” said Frank Bifulco, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of marketing for The Home Depot. “We are honored to recognize and work with some of the preeminent players in the league who are not only celebrated for achievements on the field, but for their work as community stewards.”
“The NFL has a long history of connecting its players to the communities where they live and play through local service projects,” said Michael Haynes, NFL vice president of player and employee development. “The Home Depot shares our commitment to community outreach and has helped us create a program that honors individual players who embody this commitment.”
The first two playground builds are taking place today at the Northeast Family YMCA® of Philadelphia and in the Dudley Village area in Dorchester, Mass. Locations of the remaining projects will be announced throughout the season.
At the end of the season, one player will be honored as The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP. The overall winner will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice and will be recognized during Super Bowl XLIII week. The MVP will be selected through a national consumer voting contest. Fans can log on to www.NFL.com/HomeDepot and cast their votes for the most deserving player starting Saturday, Nov. 1.
In 2007, The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP winner was Warrick Dunn. Dunn was selected for his work through the Warrick Dunn Foundation, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability.
Through this program, The Home Depot has teamed again with United Way® to recognize consumers who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Consumers can nominate themselves or a neighbor for a chance to be honored as the 2008 Community All-Star at www.NFL.com/HomeDepot. Nominations will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, 2008. The Home Depot will also honor one of its store associates as the Associate Neighborhood MVP. Both MVPs will receive an all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl XLIII.
The Home Depot became the ‘official home improvement sponsor’ of the National Football League through a multi-year integrated marketing partnership in late 2006. The Home Depot is also the official postgame sponsor of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and presents “The Home Depot Postgame Show” after each game.