Bucs and Men In the Making…
A day as special guests of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
The 2018-2019 Orientation was a resounding success with a large and diverse turn out at Greater Mt Zion AME Church. Kenny Irby, president, lead the charge on informing both parents and new mentees on the “rules of the road” and how to succeed in the Men In The Making program.
The Men In The Making September session was a place for new mentors and mentees to meet one another. The rookie mentors expounded on their backgrounds and experiences that brought them to Men In The Making. This injection of “new blood” into the program can do nothing but make Men In The Making stronger.
Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American head coach. He established another NFL first by leading his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years. Dungy joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history.
He previously held assistant coaching positions with the University of Minnesota, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings. Before becoming an assistant coach, Dungy played three seasons in the NFL and won the Super Bowl as a member of the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers. Dungy has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Prison Crusade Ministry, and All Pro Dad. He also served on President George W. Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Tony and his wife, Lauren, head up the Dungy Family Foundation, a non-profit organization they founded with the goal of strengthening communities by helping those in need. Dungy is the New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Strength and Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance. His latest book is Mentor Leader, another New York Times bestseller. He retired from coaching in 2009 and now serves as an analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America. Tony and his wife, Lauren Dungy, are the parents of ten children.
Men In The Making’s Career Day which included Pinellas County Touch-a-Truck was a resounding success last Saturday. Looking forward to the graduation at the Vinoy next month.
All MIM eyes were transfixed in Bro. Reggie Reed, Jr. who share his message of “The Grind” with youth and role models in attendance. The Ph.D. candidate is the newest role model member to join Men In The Making.
During the MIM dining etiquette session @ Gratzzi Italian Grille Luke Williams, newly appointed Pinellas County Schools Chief Of Police and Antonio Gilliam, Assistant Chief Of Police / SPPD demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver. The quick life-saving procedure is named after Dr. Henry Heimlich, who first described it in 1974.
Men In The Making Role model Lendel S. Bright, instructs the three youth at his table during the dining etiquette session at Gratzzi Italian Grille in downtown St. Petersburg, FL.
Men In The Making’s guest speaker, Mayor Rick Kriseman, helped ring in 2018 by giving a riveting testimonial on persevering towards your personal goals despite any obstacles you may face.
MIM’s Clayton Sizemore, Octavio Jones, and SPPD Legal Counsel, Sasha Lohn, also helped bring levity and focus to the new year.
Saturday rung in the holidays with a riveting talk given by Major Antonio Gilliam titled “What’s Going On?”. The young men spent the time following being enlightened by Minister Eddie Pelham who talked about Community Service and the rent you pay for the privilege of living on this earth. The young men ended the session when they received backpacks for the Christmas Holiday.
As we look forward to an enlighted 2018, Men In the Making wishes you a Merry Christmas.
The Men In The Making Crew attends “THE ROYAL”
Charismatic African-American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson has a burning desire to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as being knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” “The Sport” just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. This stylized and stunning play about the life of an outsider in American culture explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one.
“…(a) breakthrough saga for a new generation.” – Los Angeles Times
“….captures both the beautiful frenzy of boxing and the volatile state of race relations in America.” – The Telegraph