Raheem Brock knows the importance of making a difference on and off the field. Brock, an NFL free agent, who starred at Dobbins and Temple, will host the Raheem Brock 6th annual Charity Weekend.
Brock has played 10 seasons in the NFL. He played eight years (2002–2009) for the Indianapolis Colts where he helped them win the 2007 Super Bowl XLI championship. The 6-foot-4, 274-pound defensive end, played the last two seasons (2010, 2011) for the Seattle Seahawks.
The weekend of events brings together a number of his NFL and celebrity friends, family and the city of Philadelphia to support the efforts of the Raheem Brock Foundation, which helps inner city kids.
On Friday, June 8, Brock will be participating in a discussion panel at Dobbins, speaking to students about achieving their future goals. The focus will be on social, athletic and academic development. He will wrap up the day by visiting Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
On Saturday, June 9, there will be a flag football game with celebrities and Dobbins alumni at 10 a.m. The game will be played at Edberg Olson Hall/Chodoff Field, 10th and Diamond streets. Immediately following the game, Brock will celebrate his grand opening of Brock’s Wings at 1600 North Broad Street. Brock will have a birthday party at the Chart House from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
On June 10, Brock and his friends will be going to Temple coach Steve Addazio’s football camp to speak with the players. The camp is held at the Temple football facility.
“It’s nice to be able to continue to give back to the community,” Brock said. “I give out scholarships, talk to kids and take them to hospitals. I just try to help the kids. Hopefully, it will keep going for awhile and keep growing. I have a lot of people who come out and support it. I want to continue to help the program grow and help kids from the inner city. I’m going to have some (former) Temple football players like Jason McKie, Dan Klecko, Lance Johnstone and other guys come to the event. Hugh Douglas (former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end) and Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis Colts) will be coming. It should be a lot of fun.”
Brock is also looking forward to getting back on the field. He says he’s still capable of playing some great football.
“Right now, I’m just waiting for the right situation,” he said. “I want to be with a team that’s going to compete for the playoffs. I want to help a playoff-caliber team. I’ve been very fortunate throughout my career. I’ve won a Super Bowl. I’ve been in the playoffs every year except for last season. I played with some (future) hall of fame players like Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.
“But I think it’s great to come back and have an event like this to help out the kids and community. It’s nice to see people from Temple and Dobbins. I still stay in touch with them.”
For more information on Brock’s charity weekend, go to www.raheembrock.com.