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Hometown Hero Takes the First Step

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in Current Events, Press Room, Special Events

Jacksonville native Samuel Barrington has decided to take the First Step. Long known for his prowess on the field and his philanthropic efforts off it, the much-acclaimed linebacker for the Green Bay Packers who most-recently received the Pop Warner 2016 Humanitarian Award, is teaming up with a small, but mighty group of volunteers and community leaders in implementing a program that invites everyone in the community to take the First Step in creating a better, stronger, and more cohesive community. And you can join the fun and take the First Step, too, on Saturday, June 11th, at 1 p.m., at Justina Road Elementary School Park. State Representative Mia L. Jones will join Barrington, State Representative Larry Lee, Junior, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara, Christina Phillips president of Precision Sports Management Group and a few surprise guests for a free afternoon filled with fun, games, and community-building. The First...

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Miami Dolphin Michael Thomas Named Week 7 NFLPA Community MVP

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families, Press Room, Projects

The NFL safety leads “The First Step” initiative mentoring youth in underserved Florida neighborhoods Editor’s Note: The NFLPA Community MVP recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week, the NFLPA will celebrate one player who recently demonstrated his commitment to giving back and will make a donation to the player’s foundation or cause in support. This week’s #CommunityMVP is Miami Dolphin Michael Thomas who is demonstrating leadership by speaking to at-risk youth of underprivileged communities. October 20, 2015 has a new meaning for Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins. The Mayor of Fort Pierce, Florida proclaimed the Tuesday to be Michael Thomas Day and presented the 26-year-old safety with an honorary Key to the City. The pomp and circumstance celebrated something Thomas is innately passionate about – mentorship. Though he has no previous ties to the Fort Pierce community, he drove for more...

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Breaking Down Barriers, One Commissioner at a Time

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 in Current Events, Press Room, Projects, Special Events

Antonio Avriett (left), a member of the Boys & Girls Club, gets a high-five from St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky while playing touch football Tuesday afternoon during The First Step in Fort Pierce. Members of the commission, Fort Pierce City Commission and Police Department, as well last the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, were on hand during a visit by Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas. (SAM WOLFE/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS) The look on Sheriff Ken Mascara’s face said it all. Beaming from ear to ear, the sheriff was gang-tackled by a gaggle of four small kids, each grabbing at his legs, during an impromptu game of touch football Wednesday in northwest Fort Pierce. Credits: Article from...

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The First Step

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families, Press Room

St. Lucie County Leaders Take ‘The First Step’ with Local Youth By: Zach Dean Oct 6, 2015 Credit: FORT PIERCE — Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, County Commissioner Kim Johnson and Sheriff Ken Mascara were among many local leaders who participated in a touch football game Tuesday in Fort Pierce. “The First Step” is a project put together by Scott Van Duzer, Johnson, and State Representative Larry Lee Jr., and is intended to bring community leaders together with nearly 30 local children of all ages, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., every Tuesday for football (or any other activity), pizza, and, most importantly, the chance to get to know each other. “I just want them to know that this whole city cares about them; that they’re not lost up here or forgotten,” Hudson said. “Maybe someone in their life has told them that nobody on that side of...

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Leaders Share Troop Project

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 in Awards & Recognitions, Current Events, Helping Families, Press Room

By: Bartholomew Sullivan Phone: 202-408-2726 Email: WASHINGTON — Fort Pierce businessman Scott Van Duzer and an entourage from St. Lucie County came away from a meeting with White House officials Wednesday convinced they can “fast-track” their Boy Scout Troop 772 initiative in more than 230 cities across the country. VanDuzer, perhaps best known nationally as the man who gave President Barack Obama a bear hug and lifted him off the his feet at his pizza parlor in 2012, is bringing his success story with Fort Pierce youngsters to the leaders of the president’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. The White House initiative’s name comes from another term for the good Samaritan mentioned in Luke’s Gospel. In a meeting with Special Assistant to the President Michael D. Smith, director of the White House initiative, the group said everyone shared ideas and promised cooperation. PROJECT 1A “We’re going to be lining...

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772 Goes to Washington

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 in Helping Families, Press Room

Thanks to a generous gift from Steve Friend of Treasure Coast Lexus and Treasure Coast Toyota, members of Boy Scout Troop 772 will be packing their bags and heading to Washington, D.C., later this month to visit with lawmakers, including State Representatives Larry Lee, Congressman Patrick Murphy, St. Lucie County Commissioner Kim Johnson, and Congressman John Lewis. Friend learned of the invitation the troop had received and offered $8,400 to help cover the cost of the trip. The remaining funds were donated through Andrew Hunt and the Roy Hunt Foundation, and the St. Lucie County Firefighters. While in the capitol, members of the troop and their chaperones will meet with Congressman Lewis, visit with Congressman Murphy, who extended the initial invite to the boys, and have a chance to tour the capital and White House. Since starting Troop 772 in early December, the number of trips to the principal’s...

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