Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes our team work, our organization work, our society work, our community work.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Frank D. Murphy persevered through countless obstacles to living out his dream of playing professional football. His journey to the NFL began in high school where he won numerous awards as the senior running back and return specialist at West Nassau High School, including All-American, All-State, and Player of the Year. Murphy spent his first two years of college playing football for Itawamba Community College and Garden City Community College; subsequently, he was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American first team and National Player of the Year. Murphy then transferred to football powerhouse Kansas State University in 1998. Murphy still holds three Powercat Strength Records: 4.22 in the 40-yard dash, 42″ vertical jump and 42.04 300 yard shuttle.

In 2008, Murphy was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame. After a successful collegiate football career, Murphy was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2000. In the NFL, Murphy suited up as a running back, wide receiver and return specialist for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, and Houston Texans. Murphy also played in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts and in the United Football League for the Florida Tuskers.

Murphy’s successful professional football career equipped him to train celebrity athletes. Beyond the football field, Murphy has consistently engaged with the community and support programs that educate and empower others to realize their dreams. Throughout his career, Murphy has held numerous football camps, workshops and toy drives for at-risk youth; Murphy was granted the Key to the City of Callahan, Florida and has been honored with multiple awards and recognition for his community service, including the 2017 President Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award, a prestigious national honor offered to outstanding citizens in recognition of sustained volunteer services.

In 2017, Frank D. Murphy also received the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award, celebrating the philanthropic efforts of grassroots, and the ‘Most Valuable Philanthropist in Sports Award’ honoring the achievements of one deserving philanthropist in the world of sports each year. While devoting his work full time to community initiatives, Frank D. Murphy founded Mentoring With Purpose Charity, a nonprofit organization on a mission to inspire and empower young men and women to achieve their full potential as leaders, which hosts the annual Put Down Your Fake I.D. Leadership Conference.

Murphy is also the bestselling author of The Man Behind The Helmet. The Man Behind the Helmet book imparts life lessons Murphy learned along his journey to the NFL and beyond, and features a heartfelt forward by Superbowl-winning coach, Tony Dungy. In addition to writing, Murphy is known for his successful media productions, including the Frank D. Murphy educational stage play and the Frank D. Murphy podcast show.

  • Debbie Prescott Advisory Board Chairperson

    Deb Prescott, Agent – Owner of Deb Prescott State Farm. Deb has spent the last 20 years helping businesses and families in the Tampa Bay area. Dedicated to community service, Deb has volunteered her time, talent and treasure to serve Mentoring with Purpose Charity nearly a decade.

  • Rosalind Walker-Allen Event Coordinator / Planner

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  • Michael K. Bigos Marketing & Brand Director

    Michael K. Bigos is an accomplished Design Consultant, Brand Designer & Strategist in Tampa, Florida helping businesses and organizations gain a competitive advantage via branding solutions, marketing, and visual/digital communications.  Michael has 20+ years experience in the Department…

  • Jamie Renee Advisory Board Member

    Jamie Renee has a heart for humanity and a mind for business. Her keen ability to understand and articulate the big picture is equally matched with her innate understanding of the details and processes necessary to achieve success. She turns thoughts into actions….

  • April Schiff Advisory Board Member

    April Schiff, President and Co-Founder of Strategic Solutions of Florida, a premiere political consulting service with a proven record for winning campaigns, corporate advocacy and grassroots implementation. Ms. Schiff possesses over 25 years of business management, political consulting, association leadership and public speaking…

  • Denny Simmers Advisory Board Member

    My objective is to be clear in vision, purpose and execution. I strive to leave people with a better feeling about themselves after being with me than before, we must put the common goal ahead of all individual accolades to accomplish anything of long lasting value. I want to make a difference for the right company, cause and team!

  • James C. Thomas Advisory Board Member

    James has taken his experience and passion for helping and protecting others, by becoming a speaker, mentor, and motivator to youth and adults that have made some of the wrong choices, and others, to prevent from making the wrong choice. James is one that believes this way, don’t complain about a thing if you are not going…

  • Marilyn Westropp Advisory Board Member

    Marilyn Westropp is a true Seasoned Professional who is proud to say that she is fearless when it comes to trying new ideas thinking outside of the box. Her creativity and passion for learning has inspired her to achieve many goals. She has a deep understanding of what it takes to develop  strategic partners…

  • Dale Peterson Advisory Board Member

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  • Darwin A. Salls Jr. Advisory Board Member

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  • Avril Stinson Advisory Board Member

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  • Pat Donovan Advisory Board Member

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  • Brian Boksen Advisory Board Member

    Brian Boksen is a native of the Tampa Bay are and currently works for Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm, and Amalie Arena.  Brian currently serves as the Manager of Storm Football and Amalie Arena Events.  Through his time working with the Lightning…

  • Rob “Brittono” Adams Advisory Board Member

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  • Allysen Kerr Advisory Board Member

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