LAS VEGAS, NV – Las Vegas’ own Brandon Marshall takes giving back to his hometown community very seriously. A graduate of Cimarron-Memorial High School that later went on to star on the gridiron for the Nevada Wolfpack, before winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, he recently got the opportunity of a lifetime when the Oakland Raiders quickly signed him as a free agent. Marshall hosted his third Annual Kickball Tournament at Majestic Park in Las Vegas. Marshall spoke about the importance of giving back to the community in which he was raised.
“This is what I do- I want to leave a long-lasting impression and impact on this community. I’m going to do my part.” -Raiders LB Brandon Marshall
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“I just wanted to do something so I could to bring the community together. I’m from VEGAS. This is my Hometown… it’s a Dream come true.” -Brandon Marshall, Raiders LB
Marshall took some time out from the proceedings to speak with Vegas Sports Daily, and went to great lengths to emphasize the importance of giving back to the community in which he was raised “It (giving back) means so much to me… for me to be able to come back home,” Marshall explained.
When asked how special it feels to suit up for the Silver and Black, Marshall commented “It’s a DREAM come true. Its (almost) like I came full circle- I grew up here, I started my career here, and I’m gonna finish my career here. God Blessed me with this opportunity, and I’m gonna take advantage of it.”
The speedy and versatile linebacker also made it a point to articulate the goals and expectations of his Williams-Marshall Cares Leadership and mentorship program, which includes career and college readiness counseling and is geared towards at-risk youth in the community. Marshall graciously went into further detail, explaining how the program aims to expose kids to various enlightening experiences -both academic and cultural- as one of its stated goals. He also revealed how more than ten kids were now eligible to enjoy a sponsored trip to Atlanta, Georgia as a reward for their academic excellence, community service, and positive participation in the program. He also noted that last year, by comparison only a few participants actually achieved the requirements to join Marshall on a trip to Washington, DC.
Before leaving, Marshall left us with one last incredibly impactful thought, sharing his belief and outlook on service to his community by stating “I was Blessed with this opportunity. God blessed me with this talent and it’s my responsibility to fulfill his will, his dream, by continuing to help empower people in my community.” It’s quite clear that Brandon Marshall’s impact is so powerful that it can’t be confined just to the field of play.