Former Bastrop Ram Tiberus Brooks is among a group of Louisiana College football players who have started a new youth-oriented organization, For The Struggle.
Former Bastrop Ram Tiberus Brooks is helping spearhead For the Struggle, a new foundation aimed at encouraging young people.
Brooks and a group of current and former Louisiana College football players, including Leondre James, Joseph Boyd, C.J. McGarner and D.J. Latino came up with the idea for the organization toward the end of last year.
"We just sat down and started brainstorming," said Brooks, who graduated from Bastrop High in 2014. "We were just trying to think of ways to promote something positive."
Senior defensive back Anthony Hargrave and former LC football players Joseph Bowie and Shedrick Davis are now involved in the project. Davis, a wide receiver, is currently working out with hopes of an opportunity to play in the NFL.
"We also have a couple of baseball and softball players from LC getting on board," Brooks noted. "People are coming up to me and wanting to be a part of it. Kent Shelby, who played wide receiver for McNeese State, just contacted me about helping."
Brooks said the group has also enlisted the help of former area football standouts Isaiah Graham (Bastrop/Louisiana Tech), Eric Bowie (Ouachita/Tulane/Jackson State), Tyler Johnson (Byrd/Louisiana Tech), Ahkeem Henderson (Ouachita Christian), Jaylan King (Sterlington). Rodney Jackson of Bastrop, who is now a defensive lineman at Grambling State University, put together a promotional video for the organization.
"We are at ground zero, but we do have a lot of support," Brooks said. "Of course, the LC football program and my teammates are behind me."
Brooks says the first project for FTS is to conduct football camps around the state.
"We are collaborating with different people to start free camps," Brooks said. "We are trying to give back and keep kids out of trouble."
Though geared toward young people, Brooks says FTS hopes to inspire people of all ages.
"We represent more than sports," Brooks said. "We are telling people that if you work hard and stay focused, anything is possible. We are trying to get kids — not just kids — to follow their dreams. Financially, emotionally, spiritually — we all struggle at some point in our lives. But if you keep your faith in God and work hard, things will eventually go your way.
"We want to get people to look beyond their personal struggles, and bring people of all races and cultures together."
Brooks spent his freshman season at Howard Payne University before transferring to LC where he played wide receiver and ran track for the Wildcats. He is scheduled to graduate in December with a degree in Health & P.E.
After graduation, Brooks plans to go into personal training or coaching, but his heart is in FTS.
"What was just an idea a couple of months ago is now turning into a reality," Brooks said. "So many of our young children and even people our age get caught up in their environment and that’s a culture we’re trying to change. There’s more to life, and FTS is aiming to encourage people to look beyond their personal struggles.
"Eventually, we want to spread out across the nation and across the world."
To obtain more information or to become involved in FTS, contact Tiberus Brooks via email at TheOfficial.ForTheStruggle@gmail.com.
Follow For the Struggle on Twitter @_For the Struggle and Brooks @tiberusbrooks.