Football and bowling go hand in hand, right? Well, at least it does when it’s for kids and scholarships. Add to that Hennessy Black cocktails and the who’s who in music and football and you’ve got an all star event.
Miami Dolphins veteran player Chris Chambers for his C.A.T.C.H 84 Foundation along with his celebrity friends, namely Rick Ross, OJ McDuffie, Channing Crowder, pro-athlete Chazz Woodson and a few others, are shining up their bowling balls, getting their game together, and most importantly, opening up their wallets for “Strikes For Scholarships” Celebrity Pro-Bowl presented by Hennessy Black, The Berman Law Group, and Maybach Music Group on Thursday, January 30th at Lucky Strike Bowl in South Beach to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County.
Tournament times are 8:15pm, 9:15pm, and 10:15pm. General admission tickets start at $25 with one drink included; pro-admission tickets are $50 with two drinks included and a one week membership to Chamber Fitness; and VIP Bowl admission is $150 and includes food, four drinks, a VIP good bag and raffle ticket, bowling shoes, and bowling on a celeb lane. For more info, visit www.Catch84.com, twitter.com/catch_84, and Facebook.com/catch84.
We love anything that supports kids going to college and getting celebrities involved in giving back to their communities. So Noire Miami caught up with Chris Chambers to talk about life after football with his C.A.T.C.H 84 Foundation, his rebranding, and his new Chamber Fitness company.
How much are you hoping to raise at the Strikes for Scholarships?
This is our inaugural year and have our goal set at raising $20,000 for scholarships thanks to the support of our sponsors and my dynamic team. Hennessy Black is our title sponsor and has been very supportive of my commitment to provide scholarships for deserving students in Broward County, and I look forward to “Strikes for Scholarships” becoming an annual charity event now that I’m a mainstay here in South Florida. This foundation is near and dear to me, and I look forward to being able to help out a lot of kids.
Is this charity event just for celebrities?
It’s general admission and is a chance for everyone to be involved and support the cause. The funds raised will be used for academic and athletic scholarships specifically for those students who need support to cover the additional costs of going to college like room and board and books. I was fortunate to get a full scholarship, and I know what it’s like to have everything paid for and not have to worry about having money to go to college. I used to spend my own money when I was playing and didn’t have a lot of support. So it’s very gratifying to have the support of Rick Ross, some of my NFL buddies, and even my old teammates to be able to put together an even bigger charity event this time.
I’m also excited about supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County. I absolutely love that program, and I’m a strong believer in kids having the support and mentoring that this program provides. This is an opportunity to raise awareness about the need for more mentors especially for male mentors since there’s a shortage. So I’m looking forward to being a spark plug to encourage these guys to take a kid once or twice a month to mentor them and be a strong role model to them.
What’s the big plans for C.A.T.C.H 84 Foundation?
This is our first charity event, but the Foundation has always had its own programs from football camps to financial fitness programs that teach financial literacy to high school juniors and seniors before they head off to college. We’re continuing the work of the Foundation by providing scholarships.
Tell us about your new brand?
I played in South Florida for the past 7 years from 2001 to 2007 and a total of 10 years in the NFL. Although I’m from Ohio and I do spread our work through my hometown, I’ve made South Florida my home now and look forward to expanding the work of the Foundation. Part of my rebranding is a sports training facility, Chambers Fitness, which is an 8,000 sq ft multi-discipline performance training facility targeted mainly to youth but with training also for pro athletes. The facility is equipped with physical therapy, chiropractic care, and even a practice field.
What is life like after football?
When football players are done playing we go on hiatus for a little while and don’t really know what to do with ourselves. Some of us go back to school to finish our degrees, but others don’t really know anything else other than football. Luckily, I’ve been able to transition over into the business world to use a lot of the skills gained from my football career, and it’s been a great journey for me.