An Impactful Legacy: 10 Years of Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation (Part I) - 5:44
with Gary Brackett, Founder at Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation
Posted Sep 11, 2017 Expires Sep 11, 2019
First, he made an impact on the field as a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL. Then, prior to being released from the organization in 2011, Gary Brackett founded the IMPACT Foundation in 2007. Early on, the foundation focused on critically ill children and their families, however, through Gary's work in the hospitality field, he came to understand the number of minority and low-income applicants who were unprepared to compete for many job positions due to a lack of knowledge on how to present themselves during the interview process and beyond. Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation boasts 4 components today. He maintains his promise to give back to the community. Learn about Gary and his journey in this segment and be sure to watch Part II to learn about the program itself An Impactful Legacy: 10 Years of Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation (Part II) Interview recorded on August 29, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Interview conducted by Talor Whitaker. Read a partial transcript of the interview here: Bennett: As a restaurateur, an NFL personality, and community leader, our next guest's busy schedule could not allow for an interview here. So, we sent Field Correspondent Talor Whitaker to meet and talk with former Indianapolis Colts linebacker and founder/chairman of the board at Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation...Gary Brackett. Whitaker: Well, it's been said that nearly all men can stand adversity but if you really want to test a man's character give him power. I think my guest has a few things to say on that bit of wisdom from our 16th President of the United States...Mr. Abraham Lincoln. I'm here at Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation in Indianapolis. Whitaker: When talking about power, I wanna talk about the power that was given to you by playing in the NFL and of course the power of a promise you made that when you made it would ultimately give back to the community. As we are 10 years into the foundation now, let's focus on the early days. Brackett: 10 years ago, I mean it's crazy to think I'm that much older. 10 years ago, we birthed the Impact Foundation through adversity. In the last 18 months, I had lost my father of a heart condition, my mother died in surgery and my brother was diagnosed with cancer. We went through the process and I became his bone marrow donor. While in the hospital I just saw so many kids affected by cancer and before then I didn't know a lot about cancer. I made a promise that I would do everything I could to help those affected by the deadly disease. Whitaker: Well Gary you're a very enterprising man. I mean I'm sitting here with just a small sampling of publications telling people to come out to your restaurants like Stacked Pickle and CharBlue Steakhouse. Of course eating good food is a no-brainer. But when it comes to the foundation; the focus of it was a no-brainer. Brackett: My mom was an ordained reverend and my father was the smartest guy I know. They always told me that "to much is given, much is required". Having a platform from playing in the NFL, doing everything I did, I wanted to give back. The Impact Foundation allows us to continue to give back. Now with different ways that compliment my restaurant group but continue to give back to the residents of Indiana. Brackett: I've just been thankful over these last 10 years; for everything that I went through to make it here. Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation
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