Recently, NBC News posted a terrific video profile of 2014 OSI Community Fellow Van Brooks, who was paralyzed during a football game when he was 16 years old. He started the Safe Alternative Foundation for Education (SAFE) in 2012 to help as many kids as possible. The organization emphasizes to youth the need to get a good education and have an alternate career path, stressing the “importance of always having a plan B in an event the A is altered.”
Brooks’ fellowship allowed him to expand SAFE’s “Yards for Success” program, a flag football program that brings together local law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, and local middle school students.
Read more about Brooks and his project in the Impact Series, Yards for Success and in our 2016 Impact Report.