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Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers uses fashion and art for philanthropy

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by Patrice Worthy,  Examiner

vernondavisVernon Davis may be known as the 2006 first round draft pick and starting tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, but he is also known for his love of the arts. A full fledged Renaissance man, Davis is setting the standard for sophistication and bringing philanthropy back into style.

Davis lives up to a standard of excellence on and the off the field. Whatever Davis takes on he makes it his business to be the best.
“My ambition is to be successful in everything I do,” he says. “It’s important because anything you do you should be the best at it because you only live once.”
In this lifetime, Davis is a star football player, painter and is he also being recognized for his serious take on fashion. David was asked to host the Styling the Modern Man event in San Francisco where he and other fashionable men let the world know what it means to be masculine and debonair.
“Basically it was getting across is that the modern man is stylish,” Davis says. “We focused on different aspects of life like your house and your car and things you can do like keeping you car clean. You should always be simple and clean.”
Davis grew up in an underpriveleged neighborhood in Washington D.C. and  is familiar with the challenges facing the boys who look up to him. He uses fashion as a tool to help point young men in the right direction.
“It all started with me growing up. I had to have the hottest pair of shoes,” he says. “I feel fashion can give you options. It is way to be involved in something positive, especially young black men who have a hard time.”
On his blog he writes freely about the styles of clothing adopted by young men in urban areas.“I think urban wear hurts young black men in urban areas,” Davis explains “It all they become accustomed to. My advice to young men in urban areas is to not be afraid to think outside of the box. You can wear a blazer, nice shirt and jeans.”

During the off season Davis spends most of his time working with organizations devoted to empowering the youth. He recently hosted and awarded prizes at the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Spelling Bee and visited a KIPP school in the San Francisco area Davis co-taught an art class at the Triton Museum and conducted a walking tour of the Museum and Art Gallery in Palo Alto, CA. He also participated in the 49ers “Shop with a Player” program and in WAMU Touchdown for Tots. As a painter, he used his artistic abilities at  “Smocks for Jocks” in 2006 and 2007, where he contributed an original tribute piece to Bill Walsh which sold at silent auction for $500. Currently he is organizing a football camp for underprivileged children at Dunbar High School in Washington D.C, a project that is close to his heart.
“I know what it is like growing up and not have everything you want. Kids want to see these athletes come back and give.” Davis grew up in household with his six siblings who were all raised by their grandmother. His childhood allows him to appreciate the circumstances of the underprivileged while challenging them to strive for a better life. Now, he is working on a project to help those affected most by poverty and drug abuse-women.
“My mother wasn’t around when I was growing up. I don’t know why she wasn’t around I guess she was in the streets,” he explains. “I want to help women who suffer from drug abuse. I have been waiting for my brother so we can start it up.”
Vontae Davis, Vernon’s brother was recently drafted to the Miami Dolphins making them the second set of brothers in NFL history to be drafted in the first round. As Davis talks about his brother he can’t hide his pride. He is anxious to share their experiences and success with others.
“I think I’m raising the bar,” Davis says. “There are a lot of athletes who say they are going to contribute and give back and never do. My thing is I’ve made it this far why not take time to reach those behind me.”
For more info: Check out Vernon Davis’ blog at http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/Styling_the_Modern_Man/613523
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July 25, 2009 at 3:34 pm

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  1. Daniel Bruno Sanz would like to share his Huffington Post essay with you;
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-bruno-sanz/obama-2012_b_234874.html
    Please post it on your website and send your link to us for inclusion at DanielBrunoSanz.com
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    Regards,
    Navas
    Here are the keyords in the essay:
    13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, 2012 Election, B.E.T., Barack Hussein Obama, Booker T. Washington, Bryant Park, Cipriani’s, Colin Powell, Criminal Industrial Complex, Deb Slott, Do The Right Thing, Heidi Klum, Hip-Hop, Mark Penn, Melting Pot, Pink Elephant, Racism, Reconstruction, Robert Johnson, Seal, Segregation, Shelby Steele, Sidney Poiter, Sonia Sotomayor, Spike Lee, Tavis Smiley, Terrence Yang, The Dance Flick, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Virginia Davies, W.E.B. Dubois, Zero Mostel, Politics
    Prologue to Obama 2012
    We approach the future walking backwards, our gaze forever fixated on the past. Predicting the future is not a passive exercise; we invent it every day with our actions.
    I began the sketches for what would ultimately become Obama 2012 in March 2007, a month after Barack Obama declared his candidacy. I had spent much of the previous 18 months living abroad as an entrepreneur and statesman of sorts, and I was slightly out of touch with the pulse of life on the street in the United States. I learnt about Sen. Barack Obama’s Springfield, IL speech formally declaring his candidacy for president of the United States through one of the international cable news channels and thought how great it would be to have a fresh start after years of mediocrity in Washington and a plummeting reputation around the world.
    By September, after what seemed like raising a six-month-old child, my sketches had turned into Why the Democrats Will Win in 2008 the Road to an Obama White House. It was my answer to the burning question everyone had back in March: Can he really win? Actually, not everyone thought it was a question. For many people, including Mark Penn, director of the Clinton campaign, the answer was an easy “no way.” This strategic blunder made it that much easier for the Clinton campaign to be defeated. Then there were Black pundits like Shelby Steele, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, who came out with a 2007 book entitled A Bound Man, Why Obama Can’t Win.
    Being Black did seem to be an automatic disqualification, but then why did someone need to write an entire book arguing what should have been patently obvious? Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell came to my mind and I remembered that he could have run for president in 1992 as a war hero. But Colin Powell was Ronald Reagan’s protégé and got a special pass on the race question. Black conservatives like Justice Thomas, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell were careful to disassociate themselves from liberal thinkers and activists like Jesse Jackson, who lost, as expected, the 1984 and 1988 Democratic primaries. Ultimately, Colin Powell, in spite of all his honors, declined to run for president. His wife Alma feared for his safety. Common sense said that a candidate like Obama, for numerous insurmountable reasons, didn’t stand a chance of winning the Democratic primary, let alone a general election in which 10% of the electorate is African American and Republicans controlled the White House for 20 of the preceding 28 years. But I decided that Obama’s chances merited a closer examination. In it, I would bring to bear my gambling skills.

    Daniel Bruno

    July 26, 2009 at 12:20 am


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