Pittsburgh, PA —
On November 8, 2011, at Heinz Field, Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks will be honored along side Quinton Williams, a paramedic at the 19th Annual Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Courage House Luncheon. The honors will be given by Steelers President Arthur J. Rooney II, event Chair Greta K. Rooney and Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin. The Courage House awards honor a Steelers player and Holy Family alumnus who have shown extraordinary courage in overcoming challenges in their personal and/or professional lives. Starks will receive the Ed Block Courage Award.
The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has designated Holy Family Institute as one of 20 Courage Houses nationwide, dedicated to improving the lives of neglected children and ending the cycle of abuse. The Foundation works with the National Football League and Professional Football Athletics Trainers Society to raise awareness and funds for Courage Houses.
Maximillian Weisner “Max” Starks, IV, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and is in his eighth season with the team. Starks attended Orlando Christian School for sixth to eighth graders. His high school life was spent attending Lake Highland Preparatory School, a private school in Orlando, Florida. Starks is the only high school football player in the history of the Highlanders to become a professional athlete. Starks also played basketball. Starks played college football at the University of Florida under coach Steve Spurrier and coach Ron Zook. Starks was a part of the Gators team that won the SEC championship. As a senior, Starks was a team captain and received first-team All-SEC honors. Starks became a starter for the Steelers during the 2005. Sharing part of the 2007 play at right tackle with Willie Colon, Starks played in all 16 games. At the end of the 2007, Starks started for injured left tackle Marvel Smith. Starks was given the transition tag by the Steelers in 2008 and signed a one-year, $6.85 million tender offer on April 19. Following the Steelers’ victory in Super Bowl XLIII, Starks signed another one-year contract. In June of 2009, the Steelers signed Starks to a four-year contract. Released by the Steelers in July 2011, Starks was later re-signed by the Steelers on October 5, 2011.
Starks is no stranger to charitable works. In 2006, Starks traveled to United States military bases on a USO tour. A year prior, Starks visited the USS Theodore Roosevelt at sea with other members of the National Football League. Starks has been heavily involved in the local community, and served as a tutor in college. Starks also worked with Kids Against Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco. It was while he was in college that Starks became involved with Cents of Relief, a charity which works to prevent human trafficking and allows access to healthcare for vulnerable populations; particularly women of prostitution and their children. He currently serves on that charity’s Board of Directors.
Starks supports many causes, including the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Max Starks Fund for childhood literacy and education. In 2009, his community service endeavors earned him the Steelers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year award. In 2010, Stars suffered a neck injury that required a surgical proceedure that involved a cervical fusion. After making a full recovery and re-signing with the Steelers this season (prior to the Oct. 9, 2011, Tennessee Titans game), Starks’ Steelers teammates voted him the 2011 Ed Block Courage Award winner.
Holy Family Institute is one of Pittsburgh’s largest social service agencies, providing community-based services for children and families throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Due to successful events like the Courage House Luncheon, Holy Family was able to help 9,000 families and children during fiscal year 2010-2011.
Their values include:
- Family Perspective: Dedication to building family life and honoring the sanctity of family in all of their policies, programs and services.
- Dignity: Dedication to respecting the life, diversity and value of each person as created by God.
- Excellence: Commitment to continually improve.
- Community: Seeking and fostering participation and collaboration within Holy Family Institute and other organizations.
About the Event
- Date: Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011
- Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A luncheon will be served and include a silent and live auction. Current and former Steelers players will sign autographs for attendees following the award ceremony. Tickets are $150/each. Tables of 10 are $1500. All proceeds benefit Holy Family Institute. Participants will be able to enjoy a view of Heinz Field from the East Club Lounge. Valuable auction items will include autographed Steelers memorabilia. Additionally, charter jet service offered by Corporate Air for eight guests to an away Steelers game will be auctioned on eBay. Footballs for the autograph session will be sold for $35/each at the event, are first-come, first-serve. No personal merchandise may be brought into the event or at the autograph session.
Contact information for purchase:
(412) 766-9020, x 439
Visit the Holy Family Institute’s Courage House event website.
For further information or assistance, the contact person for this event is Pamela Grove. You can reach her by phone at the office by calling (412) 766-9020, x 219.
A special thank you to Hayley Martin for the information about the luncheon!
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