NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks coming to Hard Rock Tampa

NFL Hall of Famer and Philanthropist, Derrick Brooks is coming to the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa on April 27 for a celebrity blackjack tournament that’s presented by Jack Daniels.

The tournament will benefit Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., which was established to focus on improving the lives of the underserved youth in Tampa Bay.

In order to attend the tournament, guests are required to purchase a ticket for $250. The tickets will include one seat at the Celebrity Blackjack Tournament and entrance to the Celebrity Pairing Party at the Hard Rock Cafe.

The charity event is full of celebrities guests such as: 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, Gale Sayers, NFL Hall of Famer and former halfback for the Chicago Bears, 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.

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.

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 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.