TAMPA, Fla. (February 20, 2014) – NFL Hall of Famer and longtime philanthropist Derrick Brooks will host his Celebrity Blackjack Tournament presented by Jack Daniels on Sunday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.
The tournament, part of the 14th Annual Derrick Brooks Celebrity Classic, will benefit Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., which focuses on improving the lives of underserved youth in Tampa Bay.
Celebrities who are scheduled to appear at the Celebrity Blackjack Tournament include Deion Sanders, NFL Hall of Famer and former defensive back and baseball player, Eric Dickerson, NFL Hall of Famer and former running back, Mike Alstott, former fullback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Charles Woodson, defensive back for the Oakland Raiders, Thurman Thomas, former running back for the Buffalo Bills, Richard Dent, NFL Hall of Famer and former defensive end for the Chicago Bears, Jason Taylor, former defensive end and linebacker for the Miami Dolphins and season six contestant of Dancing With The Stars, Warrick Dunn, former running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Emmitt Smith, NFL Hall of Famer and former running back for the Dallas Cowboys.
Tickets are $250 to play in the tournament and may be purchased at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Rock Shop beginning February 21. Tickets include one seat at the Celebrity Blackjack Tournament and entrance to the Celebrity Pairing Party at the Hard Rock Cafe.
This year’s first place winner will be awarded $5,000 cash and $5,000 promotional chips, second place winner will receive $5,000 promotional chips and third place winner will receive $2,000 promotional chips. Registration for the tournament will begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Hard Rock Cafe and the tournament will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Hard Rock Girls Blackjack Pit.
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. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2000 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, the 2003 Bart Starr Award, the 2004 Byron “Whizzer” White Award and the 2008 JB Award through the NFL Players Association, all of which recognize an NFL player annually for their commitment to the communities in which they live.
Most recently, Brooks was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, in August.
The tournament is limited to 96 players. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and a Seminole Player’s Club cardholder to participate (cards are free to all visitors 21 and older).
Additional sponsorships at a variety of personal and corporate levels are available by visiting www.db55.org or by calling 813-877-8681.
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 the Premier Entertainment Destination of Central Florida which is celebrating 10 years of continuous success. The electrifying casino features high stakes table games, along with thousands of the latest slot machines. A stylish boutique hotel features the world-famous Rock Spa and gymnasium for the fitness conscious guest. The luxurious High Limit Table Games Room offers higher table limits, a personal cashier and attentive bartenders. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded Seminole Hard Rock their prestigious Four Diamond rating for seven years in a row. The seven award-winning restaurants spotlight a variety of indulgences from sophisticated fine dining at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood to a twist on nostalgic favorites at Rise Kitchen & Bakery. The casino offers a valet service or free, self-parking spaces are 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 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrocktampa.com or www.facebook.com/seminolehardrocktampa. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SHRTampa.