To our Supporters,
I would like to take this time to thank you for visiting the Jack Brewer Foundation website. This foundation was born out of a vision of hope that I developed as a child that has now progressed into the JBF initiatives today.
My personal history and upbringing are the driving force behind my thirst for equality and my dream of helping to bring economic and educational opportunities and resources to the world’s citizens who need it most.
As a young boy growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, having access to educational values and principals was never taken for granted. My great grandfathers both settled in Texas as sharecroppers, and were the first African Americans to call my town their home. In a time of great challenge and segregation, my grandparents and their 16 siblings did not have access to a customary education. Like many southern families, both of my parents started their educations in small, segregated schools – supplied with text books that were over a decade old.
Consequently, a fruitful education was not an option, and college was not a reality for them. As I grew up, my mother and father encouraged a strong dedication to succeeding as a student, making it a point to provide me access to the educational resources that they never dreamed of as kids.
Like many youth with similar backgrounds, my struggles in school were very real – with peers who actively discouraged educational progress. Some of these peers (and friends, really), regularly ridiculed my scholarly aspirations. Because of this, it became my passion to use this pernicious approach to education as my driving force to succeed beyond anyone’s expectations.
I was blessed from a young age with athletic talent combined with parents who promoted hard work and dedication to my sports and educational endeavors. Unlike many students, athletics afforded me the financial resources necessary to pursue the quality education that my family would not have otherwise been able to afford. I went on to become the first person in my family to receive both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
I made it a point to enroll in as many credits as possible each semester, and to attend school in the summers and inter-sessions in order to take full advantage of my five year scholarship. I received my Master’s degree at age 22, while still in my final year of college football. I was then privileged enough to enjoy a five-year career in the National Football League, which has provided me with access to an abundance of resources.
Upon reflection of these life experiences, my true calling in the world became clear: I realized that my unlikely story was the dream of millions of underprivileged and undereducated youth around our great nation and the world. This hope for a successful, accomplished life is what the Jack Brewer Foundation hopes to instill in parents, children and communities. While I exceeded in athletics, there are youth around the world displaying similar talents in sports, music, arts, science, mathematics and other skills that can only be cultivated with access to economic and educational recourses.
I founded JBF Worldwide with the goal of helping those bright youth of underprivileged families and the countless people around the globe who live in extreme poverty and don’t have access to the basic needs of human survival. We must all work together, support our leaders and do our part to empower our communities. We must remember that without a dedication to community service and great leadership and support in our local towns and villages, real change and progress will not happen. It is up to all of us as individuals to go beyond even our own ambitions to truly improve mankind.
I would like to thank all of our donors, volunteers and partners across the globe for believing in our mission and our vision of “Empowering from Within”.