Antoine Bethea

Antoine Bethea

He attended Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia[2] where he was a three-year letterman in football and also lettered in basketball. He played college football for Howard and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He has been selected for the Pro Bowl three times. Bethea, one of the newest members of the San Francisco 49ers has emerged as a dependable and stellar player, and will be entering his ninth NFL season. “Antoine Bethea is the biggest name among the team’s newcomers.”-Taylor Price,49ers.com. Over eight NFL seasons, Bethea has never missed a start. His hard work and tenacity helped to distinguish him in the eyes of his colleagues, coaches and fans who awarded him the elite honor of Pro Bowl selections in 2007 & 2009. The hard hitting safety and Super Bowl Champ leads by example, and his accomplishments are a testament to his perseverance. “Leadership is a slippery slope. This is already a veteran team,” Bethea said. “But I think my leadership has and can come naturally. I tell some of the younger guys things here and there when I think it can help and I will do that more.” The Virginia native’s exceptional talent garnered considerable attention during his high school years on the football field and basketball court. He went on to attend Howard University setting multiple records and was honored numerous times, including selection to the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College All-American Team joining the likes of NFL greats such as NFL MVP Steve McNair and the most prolific tight end in NFL history, Shannon Sharpe. While Antoine was collecting honors on the field, he was just as focused on his education. Throughout his life Antoine’s parents instilled in him a respect for education and self-discipline. The importance of education is evident in Antoine’s life as he went back to Howard University to complete his degree in Administration of Justice in May 2011. Equally important is his dedication to giving back to his community and sharing his story with youth in his community. Antoine has worked hard to achieve his goals in life and uses his story to encourage young people to excel. Antoine established the Safe Coverage Foundation with a commitment to providing access and resources for students to achieve their dreams of a higher education. In 2010, Antoine hosted an inaugural college tour for youth from Newport News, VA to Howard University and George Mason University. The Safe Coverage College Tour aims to build a connection between inner-city high school students and universities by exposing the teenagers to campus life through visits and meetings with college counselors and faculty. Antoine also helps to make that dream an attainable reality for college bound students through his scholarship program. His Safe Coverage Foundation includes annual youth football camps held in Virginia and D.C. Antoine and the Safe Coverage Foundation plan to have several events in the San Francisco Bay area to bring the same opportunities to the community of his new home. As Antoine continues to reach new heights in his career, he is motivated to do the same with his Safe Coverage Foundation.

Elton Brown

Elton Brown was born and raised in the tidewater area of Newport News, Va.  Elton was a two year letterman in football, basketball and baseball at Heritage High School and lettered one year in football, basketball and baseball at Hampton High School, while graduating with a 3.7 g.p.a. Mr. Brown then accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Virginia. Mr. Brown quickly became a fan favorite on and off the field. With his great ability and passion on the field, he showed just as much dedication off the field. On the field he was a team captain and also considered one of the top offensive linemen in school history, consensus first-team All-American as a senior in 2004 (joining T Jim Dombrowski (1985) and G Mark Dixon (1993) as the only consensus All-American linemen in school history). A dominating presence, tremendous pulling guard who excels in getting out on the edge and clearing a path for the backs, started 39 games in his career, one of the top figures by a guard in Virginia history ...named the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC's top blocker in voting by the league's head coaches following his junior and senior seasons ... just the 10th player in league history to be a two-time recipient and the first guard to win it twice... is the first player in school history to start three bowl games at right guard and one of only nine offensive linemen to start as many as three bowl games. Consensus first-team All-American ... named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, The Sporting News, ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, Rivals.com and CSTV ... third-team All-American by CollegeSportsReport.com ... recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top blocker in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second year in a row ... first-team All-ACC ... semifinalist for the Lombardi Award ... named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice--following games against North Carolina (Sept. 13) and Duke (Oct. 25) ... Offensive Lineman of the Year in Virginia by the Richmond Touchdown Club ...first-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... received the Ben Wilson Award as UVa's most outstanding offensive player ... received the Virginia McDowell Bowen Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation. Although tough, Mr. Brown found the equal balance and was able to dedicate just as much time to the classroom as he did the field. Mr. Brown went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University as well as being drafted to the National Football League by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.  Elton went on to start nine games as a rookie. The greatest highlight of his professional career was playing in Superbowl 43 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After being drafted Mr. Brown immediately started helping out in his new community of Tempe, Arizona, as well as starting his own non-profit organization in his hometown of Hampton, Va. Mr. Brown started the 1st & G.O.A.L. (Giving Opportunities At Life) Foundation in order to help the youth today understand the importance of Education, Mentorship, Community Outreach & Fitness Awareness. To date the 1st & G.O.A.L. Foundation has organized Thanksgiving & Christmas Day feedings annually, Toy drives, Coat Drives, back to school events, adopt a classroom, speaking engagements, camps & plenty more. Elton has been honored by both the city of Newport News and the city of Hampton, for his charitable work in the community. His foundation’s vision is that “Every child can succeed with the help of someone who believes.” Mr. Brown credits his family, upbringing and positive community figures for helping him develop such a great passion for his community at a young age.


Elton Brown