Broadcasting “business-building success,” the Aventura Marketing Council / World- Class Chamber of Commerce March breakfast meeting hosted by Atlantic Broadband and SHOWTIME recognized inspiring athletes who give back to their communities.
The event featured NFL alumni including: Randal “Thrill” Hill, who played for the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints and is currently running for U.S. Congress;, Earl Little, formerly with the Saints, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers; John St. Clair, formerly with the St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Dolphins and Browns; Marvin Jones, formerly with the New York Jets; and Pat Surtain, formerly with the Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. Xavier Rhodes, cornerback with the Minnesota Vikings, drove 1 ½ hours in traffic and arrived a little late, but was happy to meet the AMC members after the meeting.
Standing in for Mike McKenzie, who played for the Packers and Saints, was his sister, Michelle McKenzie, helping the 34 Ways Foundation achieve the mission to Teach, Reach and Educate future leaders.
Faheem Ali, Founder-President of Complete Athletes, served as emcee and presented the panel with Complete Athletes awards in the form of majestic Statue of Liberty Centennial lithographs provided courtesy of Gloria and Herb Barker, Barker Animation Art Galleries. Complete Athletes conducts training and development for student athletes as well as programs for college prep, life skills and professional development. .
AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss Serota Helfman welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders to Turnberry Isle Miami along with Atlantic Broadband executives including David J. Keefe, Senior Vice President and General Manager; Isaac Sepulveda, Commercial Bulk Exec; Maia Mediavilla, Dir. of Marketing, and Dawn Mitchell, Commercial Development Bulk Manager SHOWTIME was represented by Danielle Janicky, Account Executive. Special appreciation was expressed to Floyd Raglin of Floyd Sports Marketing for helping to assemble the NFL panel.
The meeting’s next quarter focused on the athletes’ winning “giving back” game plans. Ali noted, “Their performance off the field is just as important as performance their on the- field.”
Randal “Thrill” Hill has been involved with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Habitat for Humanity, and Boys and Girls Clubs as well as a CIA mission to protect national security. John St. Clair started a foundation helping students attend college and he serves as a role model while mentoring youths. .
Pat Surtain is now the head football coach at American Heritage High School. Earl Little has also attained goals to coach high school football, teach, be a motivational speaker and help kids succeed. Marvin Jones’ foundation is involved with developing programs for youths focusing on healthy living and life skills and he currently serves on the advisory board of a developmental football league.
All of the athletes concurred with great calls made by Hill and St. Clair: “It’s important to take care of this community and young adults because they show us our future. When we’re successful, we can all spare a little time to give back.”
AMC members applauded the NFL panel as Ali emphasized, “We appreciate what you do for our community and what you stand for as ‘complete athletes’”
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