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Andre Berto Kicks off Thanksgiving Week

Former two-time World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) has been quite busy since touching down in his hometown of Winter Haven, Fla., on Tuesday morning.

Shortly after arriving, he joined fellow central Florida native and music star Sevyn Streeter at her Love and Respect Festival in Haines City, Florida to spread motivation and inspiration alongside Streeter and Kirk Franklin.

On Wednesday morning, Berto’s family and friends joined him for the second annual Berto Turkey Giveaway at a Winter Haven area recreation center. The Berto family distributed over 200 turkeys to those in need as his community prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Following the turkey giveaway, Berto and family and friends made a special stop at the Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club. Berto credits the youth facility for helping to build him in to the man and champion he is today. He gave a “Pride Talk” to the hundreds of kids in attendance, speaking to them about his days at the Boys and Girls club and Streeter joined him to talk to the kids. During his speech, Berto encouraged them to chase their own dreams the way he had followed his and let them know that anything is possible with hard work and focus on their goals.

After celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, Berto will take his talents to the bowling alley for a charity bowling event at Cypress Lanes at 10 p.m. on Friday.

The jam-packed week will culminate on Saturday with the second annual Turkeybowl on Saturday afternoon. For the first time, Team Berto will face off with a team led by another central Florida sports star, Tracy McGrady. Following a community celebration at 2:30 p.m., at the Northeast Rec and Cultural Center, the pigskin battle between Team Berto and T-Mac will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The boxer and his Berto Dynasty Foundation are raising funds for Hurricane Matthew relief in his beloved Haiti. Media is welcome to attend all of the events and will be able to speak to Berto and his family at each celebration

Turkeybowl with Tracy McGrady and Community Celebration Details

WHEN: Friday, November 27 at 2:30, Game begins at 5:30

WHERE: Northeast Rec and Cultural Center, 801 Avenue T NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881

WHAT: Flag football showdown between Team Berto and Team T-Mac, bounce house and activities for the kids. Open to the community.