Crockett Foundation’s 3rd annual Derby Days Belmont Stakes Party was held right in the action at Gulfstream Park, home of horse racing of South Florida. Guests enjoyed live entertainment, celebrity guests, and ‘Best Hat’ contests. Silent auction items included weekend getaways, restaurant dining, movie passes, cruises, a wine tasting for a party of ten, resort stay, limousine rides, and much more.
Crockett Foundation‘s event provides the perfect place to not only celebrate world-class horses reaching the finish line, but also raise much-needed funds for South Florida youth to reach the goal of literacy. Funds will benefit the nonprofit Crockett Foundation’s ‘School is Cool’ program, which focus on improving literacy among middle school students. The Crockett Foundation is led by Henri Crockett, a native of Pompano Beach and former NFL player with the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings; and his brother Zach Crockett, a retired NFL player and current scout for the Oakland Raiders.
Broward County leads the nation in the number of high school dropouts. According to research, many students drop out prior to high school because they cannot read, or because of delinquent behavior resulting from not being able to read. The Crockett Foundation’s ‘School is Cool’ program, at Margate Middle School in Margate, meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and focuses on improving literacy among middle school students. Students are encouraged to improve attendance, behavior and course performance through the engagement of technology. Students work with iPads and desktop computers to access online reference materials, complete math and reading exercises and play educational games. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) approach is utilized to encourage students to embrace technology and develop skills that will help them throughout their lives.