By Bari Auerbach
Broadcasting success, the Aventura Marketing Council/ Chamber of Commerce March breakfast meeting hosted by Atlantic Broadband recognized inspiring athletes who give back to their communities.
The event featured NFL alumni including: New York Giants Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, a two-time Super Bowl champ; Oronde Gadsden, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers; Anthony Harris, Minnesota Vikings; Sam Madison, Dolphins and New York Giants; Donnell Bennett, Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins; Daryl Porter, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans; and Duane Starks, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots.
Faheem Ali, founder-president of Complete Athletes, served as emcee and presented Complete Athletes awards to panelists, who often help him on his student programs. Complete Athletes conducts training and development for student athletes as well as programs for college prep, life skills and professional development.
AMC Chair Gary Pyott of FirstService Residential and Atlantic Broadband Marketing Director Maia Mediavilla welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at Turnberry Isle Resort. . Expressing appreciation for their support, Ali presented honorary awards to Mediavilla and Floyd Raglin of Floyd Sports Marketing, who helped assemble the NFL panel.
Mediavilla noted, “Atlantic Broadband takes pride in supporting local businesses, civic and educational organizations. We thank the AMC for this opportunity to recognize local athletes for giving back.”
Addressing young athletes in the audience, Ali noted, “Our job at Complete Athletes is to be role models and let you know being successful is being a good man, a good father and a good individual. As Frederick Douglass said, ‘It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’”
The meeting’s next quarter focused on the athletes’ winning giving- back game plans.
Lawrence Taylor founded the Fore Life golf project with the mission to combine possibility, hope and success with the goal to create a facility strengthening nonprofit programs protecting and empowering children. “I try to instill into the kids the philosophy my father passed on to me,” he said, “Just to be equal, you’ve got to be better than the next man. Life can deal you setbacks but our kids know when they get knocked down and they’re lying on their backs, if they can look up, they can get up and win.”
Donnell Bennett organizes a toy drive for underprivileged children and is Director of Player Development for his alma matta, Cardinal Gibbons High. He also supports Clearing the Way Asthma Foundation and All Pro Dad with NFL players, coaches and alumni promoting the importance of being a good father.
Oronde Gadsden started an original clothing line and now teaches at American Heritage High, He co-founded Outreach Global, which holds an annual Father Daughter Gala to strengthen bonds between dads and their daughters.
Anthony Harris is now on staff at Excelsior Charter School in Miami Gardens, where he helps “teachers teach and students learn without distraction.” He is very involved in coaching youth football and is a youth consultant for the Urban League of Greater Miami.
Sam Madison founded Madison Avenue 4 Kids, giving kids the thrill of attending football games. He is also involved in charities bestowing scholarships and providing “necessities we take for granted that help kids be prepared for school.”
Daryl Porter, a South Florida native, works with autistic children and is a substitute teacher in Broward schools. He believes, “Kids need to see positives every day.”
Duane Starks founded the Starks Charitable Foundation, which has given over 150 scholarships to less fortunate kids; and established a financial literacy program for student athletes at the University of Miami. Inviting AMC members to play golf every Tuesday at courses in Miami-Dade and Broward with him, Lawrence Taylor and other athletes, he said, “I’m excited about being around a group that puts our past in the past and puts the kids’ future in the present,”
Atlantic Broadband is the ninth largest cable operator in the United States providing TV, high speed Internet and phone services to a quarter million subscribers in eight states. Atlantic Broadband delivers topnotch products and personalized, responsive service. A new $6.3 million Fast Forward Miami initiative is now paving the way for wide-scale availability of gigabit Internet services and the addition of 50 new channels, most in HD.
At the end of the meeting, Mediavilla drew three business cards of AMC members who won promotional items from “Billions,” the acclaimed SHOWTIME series.
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