Ricky Watters Inspires During Club Esteem Breakfast

By  //  March 14, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Super Bowl champion and former NFL all-pro running back Ricky Watters visited the Space Coast to appear as the keynote speaker for Club Esteem’s “Beyond Breakfast” charity event, which was held at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto on March 12.

Ricky Watters played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Watters played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame where he was on the school’s 1988 national champion team. He also won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1994 San Francisco 49ers.

Currently Watters is a motivational speaker for kids who, like himself, are adopted. He is also a recording artist, music producer, president and CEO of Tigero Entertainment and an author, having written the book, “For Who For What, a Warrior’s Journey.”

Mission To Inspire Youth

The event drew a large crowd of supporters and business leaders, and featured speeches by three Club Esteem participants.

Ricky Watters with Jennifer Ottomanelli, Club Esteem’s Fund Development Director (Image By Faith Luebker)

Established in 1991, Club Esteem’s mission is to inspire youth from economically disadvantaged communities to embrace the highest standards of academic and personal excellence—instilling in each child a desire to learn, to serve, and to accept challenges.

Watters touched on the 22-year mission and history of Club Esteem, and shared his own personal history saying how thrilled he was to be at the breakfast supporting such an amazing cause.


“I was a latch key child growing up so I can relate to these kids,” said Watters. “You can be a good kid and wind up in a bad situation.”

During 2011-2012, Club Esteem staffers served 114 area youths in after-school programs. (Image By Faith Luebker)

During 2011-2012, Club Esteem served 114 area youths in after-school programs. Since then, through community support of the breakfast and other activities, they have grown to supporting 147 students in Brevard County.

For information about how you can help the Club Esteem programs, call Jennifer Ottomanelli at 321-298-8381 or send an e-mail to funddevelopment@clubesteem.org.