No matter what football event you attend these days, especially in South Florida, there are always going to be professional athletes on hand, giving back.
Whether it’s hosting a clinic or camp — coaching players and teams — the talent that was bred on football fields from Deerfield Beach to Homestead is thanking the many who made it all possible.
The talented players who were groomed on youth football fields and in the most competitive high school programs in the country are starting to give back — to the kids, coaches and communities that had shown them so much support.
Last weekend, one of the fastest-rising offensive guards in the NFL brought a few of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates back to Hallandale High, where two-time Pro Bowl standout Davin Joseph started to give back — in a major way.
Easily one of the top offensive line prospects in Broward County’s rich tradition, Joseph, who starred at Oklahoma before being selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, had planned to come home and run a line camp. It turned out to be a whole lot more.
In honor of what he has done for the city of Hallandale Beach, with his many generous donations and other ideas, Mayor Joy Cooper proclaimed the entire week as “Joseph Events for Cause Foundation Week.”
From free physicals to a Future Star Reception honoring Hallandale High students for achieving high marks in the classroom to the free offensive line clinic, Joseph relished the opportunity to host the first of many events.
“This is all part of my vision to combine athletics, academics and proper nutrition,” Joseph said. “To have the opportunity to come back, host a great dinner and present a free camp with free physicals is all part of the plan we have for our foundation.”
Along with teammates Jeremy Trueblood, E.J. Biggers (North Miami Beach High) and others who made the difference at the camp, Joseph got his foundation off to a flying start. And nobody left disappointed.
“This was more than worth the trip for me,” said Miami Gulliver Prep senior lineman and all-state selection Jordi Dalmau. “You have to be kidding, players such as Davin Joseph and Jeremy Trueblood, two of the best in the NFL, giving me instruction. This is the perfect thing for me.”
The first “Joseph Events for Cause Foundation Week” brought in linemen from Gulliver Prep, Miami Beach, Miramar, host Hallandale, South Broward, Hollywood Hills, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely, Pembroke Pines Flanagan, Miami Killian, South Plantation, Miami Edison and other schools.
“Having a person like Davin, as an alum of this school, has been huge for us,” Hallandale football coach Dameon Jones said.
In addition to all the personal visits Joseph makes to Hallandale High, where his foundation also provides pregame meals and snacks, he has also adopted Tampa’s Blake and Middleton high schools — where his foundation provides the same.
“This is the first one of these,” Joseph said. “I am already looking forward to next year, when it will be bigger and better.” We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. All you have to do is send a DVD and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein, P.O. Box 3181, Hallandale Beach, Fl. 33009. Have a comment? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.