Brian Westbrook nominated for prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service

Brian Westbrook nominated for prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service
Pro Bowl Running Back nominated for the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Athlete in Public Service through All Stars Helping Kids

September 8, 2010:  Brian Westbrook has been nominated for the esteemed Jefferson Award for Public Service for his work in service to less fortunate children through Westbrook’s philanthropic arm, “Brian’s Blessings.”

Known as the “Nobel Prize for public service,” the awards are presented each year during a special gala ceremony in Washington, D.C. where a broad array of honorees are recognized – from high-profile individuals who have dedicated the better part of their lives to public service to celebrated professional athletes to largely unheralded community-based volunteers.  Past recipients of Jefferson Awards include, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Bill and Melinda Gates.

“It’s so humbling to be nominated for this award,” Westbrook says, “So often professional athletes receive attention for negative things off the playing field.  A very large number of athletes participate in positive things like giving back in their communities and this award celebrates all the guys out there working hard for the betterment of their neighborhoods, schools and the roots they came from themselves.   Awards like this will help bring recognition to the good things pro athletes do.”

Brian’s Blessings was established to help local, less fortunate children foster a sense of high self worth by providing them with the tools they need to learn, play and achieve their dreams.  The goal is to raise awareness of the needs of the underprivileged and to address those needs.  In addition to providing tangibles such as food, educational materials and toys at the holidays, Brian’s Blessings also strives to provide the empowerment and inspiration these children need to become successful young people.

When asked what motivated him to give back, Westbrook says it’s the feeling that comes from knowing he’s made a difference in someone’s life.  “If I can make sure that just one family can put a Thanksgiving dinner on the table or that just one child has a backpack and the tools they need to learn, that’s a great feeling,” says Westbrook. “And when I can do those things two and three hundred times over, well, that’s something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.”

Westbrook says he believes in leaving a place better than he found it, and plans to continue his philanthropic efforts in his hometown of Washington, DC but also plans to extend his outreach to the children of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Westbrook is signed with the San Francisco 49ers for the 2010-2011 season.

Media note:  More information about this award can be found at www.allstarshelpingkids.org and www.jeffersonawards.org and some of Westbrook’s philanthropic activities can be seen on his website www.bwestbrook.com