MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 30: Brock Bowers #19 of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on from the sideline in the third quarter against the Florida State Seminoles during the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 30: Brock Bowers #19 of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on from the sideline in the third quarter against the Florida State Seminoles during the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

Brock Bowers Ended the Year Well

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Brock Bowers completed 2023 in the best way possible.

The University of Georgia tight end spent December 21st supporting children who look up to the star athlete.

Bowers visited the Athens Youth Development Initiative and donated presents to each of the kids in the spirit of the holidays. 

The Youth Development Initiative is part of the Clark County School District. The organization is focused on creating additional activities and opportunities for the children of Athens-Clarke County to participate in. Specifically, the group is focused on youth sports programming, which not only benefits the kids but also the community as a whole.

Bowers, plus the charitable arm of the Hillpointe Construction company and NOBULL all headed the event.

“The community gives so much to us, I think it’s important to give back, especially to the kids, ” Bowers said in an Instagram video showcasing the event.

Aside from handing out gifts, Bowers also answered the kids’ questions, took some photos, and learned some of the group’s cheers. Of course, he also made sure to throw a football around with some of the athletes.

Why this project means so much to Bowers

The tight end shared that it was important for him to make time to come to the Athens Youth Development Initiative because he also participated in similar programs as a child.

“It had such an impact on me when I was around that age, I mean, having something to look up to and work towards, I think it’s just really good for [the kids],” he said.

The Bulldog recalls meeting an athlete when he was young who ended up transforming the trajectory of his life.

“I was a lot younger, I was in like second grade but I met this guy who played safety at the University of Oregon,” said Bowers. “He’s the one who kind of made me really want to start playing football and play college football.”

A seasoned role model

When asked if he enjoys being a role model in situations like this, Bowers demonstrated his modesty

“I mean I hope I was a role model, but yeah,” said Bowers. “It’s a lot of fun just being able to hopefully kind of make an impact and bring some joy to those kids.

Bowers isn’t new to the idea of giving back. Last Christmas, he partnered with Dick’s Sporting Goods and his teammate Malaki Starks. Together, the two helped 16 kids pick out $300 worth of Christmas gifts for each child. 

The Bulldog has every right to call himself a role model, both on and off the field.

Bowers had an amazing athletic end to the year. The Bulldogs competed in the Orange Bowl on December 30th against Florida State and crushed the Seminoles 63-3. This performance was a perfect way for Bowers to segue into his announcement to officially declare for the 2024 NFL Draft. 

Bowers currently sits within the top 10 picks of mock drafts from sites such as Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report. He has a very good chance of being a first-round pick, especially if he continues his commitment to giving back.

Victoria Jonach is an aspiring writer and media analyst fascinated by what kinds of activities players participate in off the football field. Growing up in New Jersey, she is a New York Giants fan and attends Rutgers University, pursuing a career in Journalism and Media Studies. She writes for FirstRoundMock.com covering anticipated draft picks and their acts of volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and other interests that shape these individuals.

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