BRAYLON EDWARDS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES TENATIVE CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME ROSTER

Detroit, Mich. – NFL wide-receiver and University of Michigan All-American, Braylon Edwards, and The Braylon Edwards Foundation will host its Annual Celebrity Basketball Game on April 13 at Pioneer High School from 8:00 – 10:00 pm, the day before the University of Michigan Spring Game.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

The current roster includes: Marlin Jackson and Braylon Edwards (NFLers), Denard Robinson, Roy Roundtree, Tim Hardaway Jr, Jordan Morgan, Alex Swieca (Michigan players), Mike Martin (NFL draftee), K9 (current welterweight world champion), Zach Novak and David Merritt (former basketball team captains), Stu Douglass, David Terrell, and Ron Bellamy (former Michigan players), Nic Harris (NFL free agent), Derrick Coleman (retired NBAer), Pierre Brown (retired NFler), Stacey Lovelace (retired WNBAer), Ralph Godbee (Detroit Police Chief), Jimmy King (Fab 5), Trigg da Kidd (rapper), Dr. Darrius, Heather Zara, Ryan Ermani and Erin Nicole (media personalities), Rob Parker (sports commentator), Brain Olatunji (NHRA Funny Car Driver), Comedian CP (YouTube sensation).

Proceeds from the event will go to the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute.  Funds collected from this event will benefit ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) research being conducted by the scientists of the Taubman Institute. Dr. Eva Feldman, director of the Taubman Institute, has developed a groundbreaking stem cell treatment for ALS, which is currently receiving its human clinic trials.  Funding from this event will help Dr. Feldman continue her research.

“Last year we raised almost $30,000 for the Institute,” stated Edwards. “The majority of the general public still doesn’t realize how many people are impacted by this debilitating disease that seems to have a direct impact on athletes of contact sports.  I’m honored to partner with the University of Michigan Alumni Association and A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute so that I can help continue to raise funds to help support research for new treatments.”

All tickets for this event will be general admission. General admission tickets are $20; student tickets are $15, and VIP tickets are $100.  To order tickets, visit www.braylonedwards.com for additional details.

The Braylon Edwards Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs of under-served youth in the concentrated area of education. The Foundation’s goal is to emphasize the importance of education by providing scholarships and incentives to youth who demonstrate strong commitment and effort to excel in academics, conduct and community volunteerism.

 

Media Contact:
Tatiana Grant
248.514.9620
tgrant@infusedpr.com 

Braylon Edwards Foundation Hosts 5th Annual Brunch

To Honor Local Difference-Makers
Marion Jones as Guest Speaker

West Bloomfield, Mich. – – The Braylon Edwards Foundation will host the Women Moving Forward and Reaching Back Brunch June 23, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Reserve in downtown Birmingham.  The theme for this year’s event is “Beautiful Minds, Healthy Lives” and serves as a platform to raise awareness about the “Braylon Edwards Foundation Health Initiative.”  The initiative is a program that will partner with health and fitness professionals to teach children about healthy eating and being active. In conjunction with this year’s theme, part of the proceeds from the event will go to local non-profit, Think Detroit PAL.

The Women Moving Forward and Reaching Back Brunch honors women who have made an impact in the areas of education, health, the arts and philanthropy, while serving as an opportunity to encourage and empower individuals of all backgrounds to reach their dreams and help others along the journey. This year’s guest speaker is Olympic track star and WNBA Champion, Marion Jones.   The honorees are:

  • Arts:  Aaron Dworkin, Founder and President – Sphinx Organization
  • Philanthropic:  First Lady Crisette Ellis – Greater Grace Temple
  • Finance: Charles Rosier – Finance expert
  • Education:  Dr. Glenda Price – President Emeritus, Marygrove College
  • Health:  Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. – Russel N. DeJong, Professor of Neurology, Director; A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute; Director Program for Neurology Research & Discovery; Director of Research, ALS Clinic, University of Michigan Health System

“There has never been a more critical time to address the issue of childhood obesity. As an athlete, I understand the importance of eating healthy and staying fit and I look forward to sharing tips with kids across the State of Michigan” says Braylon Edwards, founder of The Braylon Edwards Foundation.

The Women Moving Forward and Reach Back Brunch will take place at The Reserve, located at 325 South Eton, Birmingham, MI, 48009.  Go to www.braylonedwards.com to purchase tickets.

The Braylon Edwards Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs of under-served youth in the concentrated area of education. The Foundation’s goal is to emphasize the importance of education by providing scholarships and incentives to youth who demonstrate strong commitment and effort to excel in academics, conduct and community volunteerism. 

Statement to Fans

I was released today by the 49ers due to my injury that required more time to rehab and hasn’t allowed me to re-sync with the offense. I wish the 49ers organization the best of luck during the Playoffs. I will be working hard this off season to strengthen my knee and prepare for the 2012 season. Thanks for your continued support and for being such loyal fans. 

San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards Teams Up with The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life Program

Edwards speaks up about the importance of spaying and neutering pets

(Nov. 8, 2011)—Being the only child during his early years, Braylon Edwards spent a lot of time with his family dogs and from there, his first love of man’s best friend was born. Now, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver considers his pet Rottweiler Louis one of his best friends. So, when his veterinarian told him that neutering Louis might help prolong his companion’s life, Edwards didn’t hesitate to take that important step.

“I love my dog and I’ll do anything to extend our friendship,” Edwards says, petting Louis in a new HSUS video airing on YouTube and The Humane Society of the United States’ homepage.

The videos will be included in Pets for Life training toolkits and will be used in humane education presentations. The toolkits will be made available for animal service providers and animal welfare organizations interested in learning more about conducting effective community outreach.

The HSUS’ Pets for Life program operates in five major U.S. cities, focusing on the most underserved communities. Pets for Life offers free services like pet vaccination, spay/neuter and training. The program is built on community outreach and education in animal welfare, helping to elevate the human/animal bond across socio-economic borders.

Amanda Arrington, associate director for The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life programs, said Edwards’ love for animals makes him a perfect Pets for Life advocate.

“Braylon Edwards is an intense competitor on the field, but at home, he is a best friend to his dog, Louis, and we love the passion he brings to this cause. If he can help convince one person that spaying and neutering a pet is a healthy and happy choice for their animal, we will be making a difference together,” Arrington said.

 

 

HSUS Media Contact: Pepper Van Tassell: 240-751-0232; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your Apple or Android device by searching for our “HumaneTV” app.

ABOUT THE HSUS: The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

ABOUT BRAYLON EDWARDS: Braylon Edwards is an NFL wide receiver, philanthropist and business leader. He is a University of Michigan All-American and recipient of the prestigious, Fred Biletnikoff Award. Shortly after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Edwards founded his Foundation with the thought-process of “receiving means giving.” The Braylon Edwards Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs of under-served youth in the concentrated areas of education and health. The Foundation’s goal is to emphasize the importance of education by providing scholarships and incentives to youth who demonstrate strong commitment and effort to excel in academics, conduct and community volunteerism. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $1.5 million to charitable giving. 

 

Utilizing Braylon Edwards: Let’s Get Physical?

Consider this the week for some cheesy headlines. On Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, Braylon Edwards had four receptions for 42 yards, and more importantly he made it through the game unscathed. He was targeted on seven passes and was in the game a lot more than the ten to fifteen snaps I was thinking he might see. That would seem to bode well for his use moving forward.

We’ll have a bit more on Edwards fellow starting wide receiver Michael Crabtree later today. In the meantime, I was curious about how the team would look to use Edwards moving forward. He seemed to have the most success on short little slant patterns where he could use his size to basically shield away the cornerback covering him. It would seem to behoove the team to use him more in such a role. I’m sure there are reasons the team did not go to that well any more frequently. I don’t know if it was concern about the defense adjusting, or what exactly, but they chose not to further use a play that was having a lot of success.

The 49ers travel to face the Washington Redskins this Sunday and Edwards will likely be covered by either Josh Wilson or DeAngelo Hall. Edwards has a solid four to five inches and twenty pounds on them. Hall and Wilson have veteran experience, but it remains to be seen if either can match the physical nature of Edwards. I suppose it is impossible to make many predictions about the 49ers offensive game plan aside from Frank Gore, but consider me hopeful we see Edwards using that size advantage as frequently as possible. 

Braylon Edwards Foundation Hosts Turkeys & Toys Giveaway With Focus: HOPE

Farmington Hills, Mich. – – The Braylon Edwards Foundation will host their annual “Turkey Giveaway” benefiting Focus: HOPE on December 15 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Focus: HOPE Conference Center. One hundred and seventeen families will receive a food package and age-appropriate toys.

“Although I cannot be at home because I’ll be with my team, the San Francisco 49ers, I still wanted to do something for my hometown,” said Braylon Edwards, founder of the Braylon Edwards Foundation. “I know that things are difficult in Michigan right now and I felt it was my responsibility to assist in providing a Christmas for families as well honor the work of Eleanor Josaitis who passed earlier this year.”

Edwards is unable to attend, due to NFL commitments but will deliver a special video message for attendees. Members of the foundation will be present to distribute the items in his absence. Eleanor Josaitis had been a supporter of the foundation serving as co-chair for the 2010 Braylon Edwards Foundation Brunch and was honored for her service in the community at this year’s event.

The “Turkeys & Toys Giveaway” will take place at the Focus: HOPE Conference Center located at 1300 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48238. Due to the responsiveness of the past events, Focus: HOPE has pre-selected families to participate in the program; it is not open to the public.

Turkeys & Toys 2010 – – Braylon Edwards Foundation

The Braylon Edwards Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs of under-served youth in the concentrated area of education. The Foundation’s goal is to emphasize the importance of education by providing scholarships and incentives to youth who demonstrate strong commitment and effort to excel in academics, conduct and community volunteerism. http://www.braylonedwardsfoundation.org/

Focus: HOPE a non-profit organization dedicated to intelligent and practical solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, and racial divisiveness. For over 40 years the organization has served southeast Michigan by providing food and career services programs. http://www.focushope.edu/

 

Week 9 Waiver Wire: Braylon Edwards and Others Worth Adding

So we’ve already surpassed the halfway point in fantasy football, and with about five weeks left in the regular season (varies by league), some moves must be made to make a playoff run.

Well, here are four players who can surely help and are worth the addition to your team.

Braylon Edwards: WR, 49ers
In his first game back after knee surgery, Braylon Edwards had a good performance in getting back to the acclimation of the game. With four catches for 42 yards against a stout Browns’ pass defense, you can expect more from Edwards as the season progresses.

You don’t want to start him right away, but adding him does provide you with some solid depth and talent. When healthy, he’s Alex Smith’s best target and with a dominant ground game with RB Frank Gore, the Frisco pass offense will open up very well as 2011 continues.

Jake Ballard: TE, Giants
Although the Giants looked skeptical as a team against Miami in Week 8, TE Jake Ballard had solid production in gaining 55 yards on four catches.

It appears that Eli Manning will be dropping back more also, because the run game has lacked as of recent and New York only ranks No. 30 in rush offense. For the year, Ballard is third on the team in receiving yards (328), so although his targets are limited, he does get good yards after the catch.

Sam Bradford/A.J. Feeley: QB, Rams
It’s a conundrum of which Rams’ QB to pickup, but either one will work regardless of who gets the start. Feeley played well last week, so it’s evident that he can produce. However, Sam Bradford is clearly the better QB.

That said, despite having no one other than WR Brandon Lloyd to target, the St. Louis passing game will improve thanks to RB Steven Jackson having a mid-season surge. Not sure how long it’s going to last, but it shouldn’t matter as the Rams have five divisional games remaining.

Translation: the NFC West is weak in pass defense, so don’t sleep on anyone from St. Louie.

Laurent Robinson: WR, Cowboys
So far, most of his fantasy points came from a 70-yard TD catch, and Dallas WR Laurent Robinson just became another target for QB Tony Romo.

And although he’s a little more appealing for defenses to acknowledge, do you really think defensive coordinators are going to leave Dez Bryant and/or Miles Austin in one-on-one coverage over Laurent Robinson? Well, if they really want to get burned then yes.

Therefore, you can anticipate Robinson getting more targets because although he’s a threat, he will still be disrespected by opposing defenses. 

Candid Talk on Life in the NFL

Braylon Edwards has a misdemeanor assault, a drunk-driving charge, and several speeding violations on his checkered resume.

There. Now that the 28-year-old wide receiver’s legal issues are out of the way, here’s what you should really know about Braylon Edwards: He’s one of the good guys.

Last year, Edwards made headlines—for the right reasons—when he followed up on his pledge to pay for 100 Cleveland-area students to go to college. In 2007, Edwards’ best year with the Browns, the Pro-Bowler promised a $10,000 scholarship for every student who could graduate with a 2.5 GPA and 15 hours of community service. Four years later, 79 of those students exceeded the requirements—and Edwards paid for each one to further his or her education.

Some of the students who took part in Edwards’ Advance 100 initiative are now enrolled at Harvard, Cornell, and Johns Hopkins universities—a remarkable feat, considering that only half of Cleveland public school students ever make it out of high school. (The city has the third-lowest graduation rate in the country.)

Athletes donate their millions to charities all the time, but few ring as sincere in their efforts as Edwards. Here, the free agent receiver—he was waived by the 49ers in December because of a nagging knee injury—speaks about the importance of philanthropy, and why your favorite team would be wise to sign him to play next season.

Men’s Health: What spawned the Advance 100 initiative?

Braylon Edwards: I’ve been given so much, and I wanted to reach out and give back to people. My mom and I came up with a foundation that we really could believe in, be proud of, and relate to. See, it’s hard to do something just to do it. Even though it would’ve been great to promote breast cancer awareness, I really can’t relate to it. I don’t know anything about it. But I do know education, and that became the reoccurring theme. In Detroit, where I’m from, we had the lowest high school graduation rate. In Cleveland, when I was with the Browns, we had the third lowest.

Men’s Health: How involved were you with the students during the program?

Braylon Edwards: We did a bunch of different things for them. It’s easy to go, “You do this, I’ll do that, and we’ll see you in 4 years.” But we worked with these kids all the time. We got them into college courses on the weekends, so most of the kids who made it to college this year already had credit going in. We put them in etiquette classes—the ones that teach young men how to shake hands, how to tie a tie, and how to sit down at the proper place setting. We wondered, “What do these kids need in life that they can’t get in high school?” Sometimes we just sat down and talked about life with them. We had one girl get pregnant early on toward the end of her freshman year in high school. Obviously it’s not what we wanted, but we didn’t shy away from that. We helped her with whatever she needed, and she ended up graduating in just three years as a 4.2 student, and she now goes to Bowling Green on a full-ride scholarship. As a mother. I’m really proud of what we did.

Men’s Health: Do you think some athletes donate to charity just because it’s what’s expected of them as people in the public eye? And why is it so important to actually back up those actions?

Braylon Edwards: Athletes should give more of a shit—if they really mean it. They should take time to found a foundation that they can believe in and support. That’s opposed to their financial advisers or agents saying, “Hey, you should donate $10,000 to this hurricane relief fund and tweet about it.” Listen, we’re blessed individuals. Let’s call a spade a spade. We drive high-end vehicles, stay in nice areas in nice houses, and wear nice jewelry. We do, for the most part, whatever we want to do. So I think we have to remember what went into us getting where we are along the way. At the end of the day, I don’t get anything back from it. I’ve been given so much, so why not help? So many people need reassurance. You can go to high school on a day-to-day basis and listen to the teacher tell you, “If you do this, that, and a third, you can go to college and become a doctor,” and so on. It’s one thing for students to hear that from a teacher’s mouth, but it’s another thing to hear that from athletes or entertainers who they watch, mimic, and idolize.

Men’s Health: How involved were you with the students during the program?

Braylon Edwards: We did a bunch of different things for them. It’s easy to go, “You do this, I’ll do that, and we’ll see you in 4 years.” But we worked with these kids all the time. We got them into college courses on the weekends, so most of the kids who made it to college this year already had credit going in. We put them in etiquette classes—the ones that teach young men how to shake hands, how to tie a tie, and how to sit down at the proper place setting. We wondered, “What do these kids need in life that they can’t get in high school?” Sometimes we just sat down and talked about life with them. We had one girl get pregnant early on toward the end of her freshman year in high school. Obviously it’s not what we wanted, but we didn’t shy away from that. We helped her with whatever she needed, and she ended up graduating in just three years as a 4.2 student, and she now goes to Bowling Green on a full-ride scholarship. As a mother. I’m really proud of what we did.

Men’s Health: Do you think some athletes donate to charity just because it’s what’s expected of them as people in the public eye? 

3rd Annual Celebrity Charity Basketball Game Announcement

BRAYLON EDWARDS HOSTS ANNUAL CELEBRITY BASKETBALL
GAME TO BENEFIT ALS RESEARCH

Family-Friendly Event Featuring University of Michigan Alumni Association and Celebrity Roster

Detroit, Mich. – NFL wide-receiver and University of Michigan All-American, Braylon Edwards, and The Braylon Edwards Foundation will host its Annual Celebrity Basketball Game on April 13 at Pioneer High School from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m, the day before the University of Michigan Spring Game. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

The roster is being finalized and will be released early April. Last year’s roster and attendees included: former U of M players: Mike Hart, Marlin Jackson (Indianapolis Colts), Ryan Mundy (Pittsburgh Steelers), Britt Davis (Denver Broncos), Vernon Gholston (New York Jets), Willis McGahee (Baltimore Ravens), Manny Harris (Cleveland Cavaliers), Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye (Detroit Pistons), Tim Hardaway Jr, Darius Morris, Zach Novak, Desmond Howard, Brady Hoke, Rob Parker (WDIV and ESPN), and Jimmy King (Fab 5).

Proceeds from the event will go to the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. Funds collected from this event will benefit ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) research being conducted by the scientists of the Taubman Institute. Dr. Eva Feldman, director of the Taubman Institute, has developed a groundbreaking stem cell treatment for ALS, which is currently receiving its human clinic trials. Funding from this event will help Dr. Feldman continue her research.

“Last year we raised almost $30,000 for the Institute,” stated Edwards. “The majority of the general public still doesn’t realize how many people are impacted by this debilitating disease that seems to have a direct impact on athletes of contact sports. I’m honored to partner with the University of Michigan Alumni Association and A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute so that I can help continue to raise funds to help support research for new treatments.”

All tickets for this event will be general admission. General admission tickets are $20; student tickets are $15, and VIP tickets are $100. To order tickets, visit www.braylonedwards.com for additional details.

The Braylon Edwards Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs of under-served youth in the concentrated area of education. The Foundation’s goal is to emphasize the importance of education by providing scholarships and incentives to youth who demonstrate strong commitment and effort to excel in academics, conduct and community volunteerism.

Media Contact:
Tatiana Grant
248.514.9620
tgrant@infusedpr.com 

Braylon Edwards Foundation 3rd Annual Basketball Game

The Celebrity Basketball Game, featuring stars from pro and collegiate basketball as well as media personalities, will be a sellout! Hosted the day before the University of Michigan football program’s annual spring game, it’s a family-friendly event where guests can cheer for and interact with their favorite sports figures and celebrities.

Thanks to the support of sponsors, players and fans, the 2nd Annual Braylon Edwards Foundation Celebrity Basketball game was a big hit. The player roster included Steve Breaston (Arizona Cardinals), Vernon Gholston (New York Jets), Marlin Jackson and Mike Hart (Indianapolis Colts), Manny Harris (Cleveland Cavaliers), Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye (Detroit Pistons), Zack Novak and Darius Morris (U-M men’s basketball team), Rob Parker (ESPN), Dr. Darrius (WJLB) and Stoney (Stoney and Wojo).

Buy Tickets: http://befcelebballgame2012.eventbrite.com/

Not only will the event be fun and exciting, it will benefit U-M researchers racing toward a treatment for ALS.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – is a terrifying and fatal condition that currently has no cure. It progressively destroys the nerves that control voluntary muscle movement, leaving patients unable to move, speak and ultimately unable to breathe. Scientists are focusing their attention on the disproportionate number of athletes who have the disease — like its most famous sufferer, baseball great Lou Gehrig – and have uncovered evidence that sports-related head injuries may be connected to onset.

Funding from the Braylon Edwards Foundation will help Dr. Feldman to continue this groundbreaking ALS research.