Vincent Country landed in Miami Florida during Super Bowl week to host Safe Zone Activity Day 2020, powered by CIGNA, at Parkview Elementary School of the Miami Dade School District. We want to thank Dr. Crystal Spence and the Parkview Elementary School Community for allowing us to be apart of their family!
Troy Vincent has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Trenton, New Jersey. A star cornerback at Wisconsin who played 16 years in the NFL and made five Pro Bowls, Vincent quickly made his way up the NFL executive ranks and is currently the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the NFL.
The position places him among the highest-ranked African-American executives in the history of the NFL.
Vincent is not only ambitious in his career but steadfast in his philanthropic and community involvement and remains a great example as a father and husband.
Bowling for Parkview is a community celebration and fundraiser for Parkview Elementary School set to take place on Wednesday, January 29th at Bowlero in Miami, FL.
In ongoing efforts to serve and inspire those in underserved communities, Chef Tommi Vincent, Troy Vincent Sr., their family brand Vincent Country, Miami Dolphins Linebacker Jerome Baker, and NFL Legend Takeo Spikes will host Bowling for Parkview in partnership with Cigna.
Bowling for Parkview is one of several events over Super Bowl week in support of Parkview Elementary School, a Miami-Dade public school with 316 students in grades PK, K-5, that empowers students by ensuring academic fruition, emotional intelligence, and an appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity.
Through the Vincent family’s Love Thy Neighbor Community Development Corporation — a non-profit that is committed to building thriving neighborhoods by creating opportunities for positive social and economic change — Parkview will also participate in the annual Safe Zone Activity Day where volunteer hours will be counted for NFL Huddle for 100, a commitment from the NFL community to log over 100 million minutes of service.
“My wife Tommi and I have committed our lives to be of service to our community,” said Troy Vincent. “We are thankful to partner with those who truly care and are taking actionable steps to impact and raise funds earmarked to support the needs identified by Parkview Elementary.”
“The Cigna team is proud to partner once again with the Vincent family and the NFL to help improve the health and well-being of the kids, teachers, and parents of Parkview Elementary,” said Mike Triplett, Cigna President of U.S. Commercial. “Cigna has a longstanding relationship with Miami Dade Public Schools, and through these events, we are making a positive impact on the lives of the Parkview community.”
Additionally, Parkview Elementary was asked to provide a wish list of items needed to enhance their educational experience. Items such as school supplies, office furniture, computers, smartboards, and sports equipment were requested.
For event details, please visit the Bowling for Parkview splash page by clicking here. Additional inquiries can be obtained by emailing Katie Costello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Tommi Vincent
During the National Football League Draft, we hosted the moms and sons of the Walverly-Belmont Bulldogs of Nashville, TN. We were asked on many occasions why not invite the fathers. There was an assumption they would have a greater appreciation for the experience. There is a very simple explanation why the moms were invited, I am a mother. Also, women are sports fanatics too!
For over 27 years I have accumulated enough miles on my truck than I care to imagine, packed more coolers, by my estimation been to over 15,000 hours of practices, toted plenty of funky young men, lived out of my trunk, napped in the backseat…, and it has been awesome. When I encounter another football mom, I tip my hat, because I know her experience. There are many doors that can open from participating in sports. The opportunity to pour fuel into a mom sowing into her child’s dreams is an absolute honor. This is not taking away from all of the football dads. We know you rock too!
The objective was to provide the young football players with an opportunity to have a meaningful experience at the draft. Our hope was to play some small part in calibrating the trajectory of their lives. As Troy Sr. often says, “If they can see it, they can be it.” Seeds of hope spring forth harvest of realized potential. Each young man was drafted as number “1”. Why? They are the ones who have the power to determine their future and the dream starts now. If we encourage all young people to dream beyond what they can imagine, open their eyes to possibilities beyond the confines of their community, the impact will magnanimous. When they believe they can, they will. Obstacles will become stepping stones, no’s will become fuel for their rockets. While football is a sport they play, football is not who they are. Instilling confidence will aide them in excelling on the gridiron, the classroom, and beyond.
It was an awesome experience for everyone. It is always special to meet wonderful people and to support each other on the journey!