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Changemakers of Our Time: Gary Brackett

Gary Brackett is a former NFL linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, a former sports commentator, a Humanitarian Award winner, an author, and the founder of Gary Brackett’s Impact Foundation. Born and raised in Glassboro, New Jersey, he attended Glassboro High School where he became a two-time All South Jersey selection, a two-time All-Group I Choice, and a two-time All-Tri-County Conference choice, due to his success in football. He later joined the football team at Rutgers University and left as the captain of the defensive team and recipient of the MVP honor. In 2003, he joined the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent and eventually became captain of the defensive team in 2006. In 2007, he started in their Super Bowl win against the Chicago Bears.

Beyond his success in football, Brackett has frequently given back to the community. Some of his biggest accomplishments involve his foundation, named Gary Brackett’s Impact Foundation. The foundation’s work centers around chronically ill children and at-risk youth. His programs help to support these children and give them valuable resources to help improve their lives. Since its inception, his foundation has helped more than 200,000 families.

Our Club members had the honor of speaking to Gary Brackett through Zoom to discuss both his football and his humanitarian efforts. Brackett also gifted our Club members a signed copy of his book, “Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, in Football and Life.” This meeting gave our Club members a valuable experience learning from a local, successful individual. We thank Gary Brackett for taking the time to speak to our Club members and learn more about our organization. Check out the video below to see our Club kids’ meeting with Gary!

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