NFL football player Gary Guyton will be delivering the keynote address at the 19th Annual Eleven Black Men of Liberty County Banquet on March 30. The event, which draws business leaders, educators and community supporters, will start with a reception at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at Fort Stewart's Club Ballroom.
Guyton is a 2004 graduate of the Bradwell Institute. He played football at Georgia Tech and then was signed to the New England Patriots in 2008 as a free agent. He is currently a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers.
"I am really excited about being the keynote speaker, and to be a part of this is nothing short of amazing," said Guyton in a press release. "I feel honored to see these young men and grateful to speak. Giving back has always been important to me, and I am a firm believer in paying it forward."
Guyton has been giving back for a number of years. He has partnered with CURE Childhood Cancer in Atlanta, a nonprofit cancer research foundation dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer, and also hosts an annual Sports Camp in Hinesville. In 2012, Guyton started the Good 2 Grow Foundation to assist high school students in reaching their full potential of becoming successful professionals. The foundation will be awarding scholarships to exceptional high school students in honor of Guyton's parents, Gary Sr. and Janice Guyton.
"I would have definitely benefited from being a part of EBM's mentoring program," said Guyton in a press release. "I believe mentors are very helpful to empower and guide young men in the right direction."
The Eleven Black Men is a mentoring organization that advocates spiritual, education and social development. Teddrick Brown, 27, an alumni of the program, will be spotlighted during the banquet. He went on to earn an MBA and currently is the director at Post Acute Care.
"I think it is great that Gary is giving back to the community, this gives the youth of Liberty County a chance to see firsthand that if they work hard they too can have an abundant amount of opportunities for success," said Brown in a press release.
"Gary proves that hard work and dedication pay off regardless of where you live. A large percentage of our youth dream of playing professional sports but have no idea of the work required and sacrifices made," said EBM President Robert Bell in a press release. "Every successful individual has had someone who took them under their wing and shared something, whether it is mistakes not to make or areas to study for personal growth and achievement.