Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer J.T. Hassell Receives Proclamation From City of Titusville For Charity Work
By Space Coast Daily // March 28, 2022
2019 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame inductee
At the March 22 City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m., Mayor Diesel presented a Proclamation recognizing NFL football player and Titusville native Justin Tyler “J.T.” Hassell for his work in support of child mental health, as well as his charity work throughout the community. pic.twitter.com/gsHEbz1B7J
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BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Space Coast Hall of Famer J.T. Hassell received an Official Proclamation by the City of Titusville for his charity work and community service.
Hassell continuously works around the Space Coast community in support of child mental health, as well as his charity work.
“J.T. recently started the Hassell Foundation, whose mission is to educate, empower and support families and communities to better understand how to care for the mental health of our youth,” said the Proclamation.
The Hassell Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, empower and support families and communities to better understand how to care for the mental health of our youth.
“We envision a world of informed families and caring communities that are equipped to strengthen our children’s mental health,” said Hassell. “A world where the youth are aware of the importance of developing and maintaining their mental health as well as their physical health.”
Hassell’s passion for mental health, especially in kids, stems from his own experience with depression as a child. He was born with only two fingers on his left hand and became the target of bullies growing up.
Yet through it all, he was able to get the help he needed, and battle through adversity to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.
Now Hassell uses his platform to share his journey with schools, teams, organizations, and corporations. He believes that his story will inspire, motivate, and bring hope to others that will give them the strength to keep going.
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: JT Hassell, a 2019 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame inductee, set Florida Tech records for total tackles and solo tackles in a game and was named to four All-American teams, which included first-team All-America by both the American Football Coaches Association and the D2CCA, and a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
Hassell, a second-year NFL player with stints in Cleveland, New England and with the New York Jets, is a former Titusville Terrier, Astronaut War Eagle and Florida tech Panther, recently authored, “Ups and Downs,” chronicling his football journey.
A devoted father and co-founder of the Keep Going Foundation, Hassell was born with only two fingers on his left hand. Against all odds, he achieved his dream of playing in the NFL.
Hassell supports and advocates for others with similar disabilities through his involvement with the Lucky Fin Project. This 2021 offseason, he raised over $1,400 for the organization, using his Instagram platform.
“Teaming up with All Black was a no-brainer,” said Hassell, a Titusville native.
“I grew up here, and regardless of my NFL success, I always planned to do my part to inspire people to live healthier lives. Self-care is so important; it is the gateway to personal success,” adding “Smiling is contagious, and it can change your whole vibe. This is a great way to help people regain self-confidence, especially during these times.”
To donate or volunteer for the event, contact Gibson at 386-451-5678 or visit allblackab.com
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