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2021 ExtraordinaryIs Scholarships

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The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation is proud to announce and congratulate our ten extraordinary scholars for 2021.


The year of building up the community around us!

‘’Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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at the Otis “POPS” Brown Basketball Court!

SLAMfest is our annual basketball tournament and fundraiser benefiting elementary school children in the DFW metroplex. This event is spearheaded by Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation Board Member and organization co-founder, Jamaal Brown.  Jamaal created this event in 2009 to give back to his alma mater, Sam Houston High School AISD, by bringing together current students and alumni with a fun filled, competitive day of community basketball games and community giving.  

Join us for our 11th annual celebration on August 14, 2021, from 11 am to 4 pm, at the Otis “POPS” Brown Basketball Court at Bob Cooke Park in Arlington, Texas!  Bob Cooke Park is located at 2025 Craig Hanking Drive Arlington, Texas 76010.  This event is FREE to attend. Food trucks will be onsite selling concessions. 

To register a team or to play as an individual on an existing basketball team, please email Jamaal Brown at for more event details.

Please bring  back to school donations geared for elementary school kids! 


The 7th Annual ExtraordinaryIs Awards Gala 2021 

On Friday, November 12, 2021, the Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation will host its 7th Annual Awards Gala at Live! By Loews in Arlington, Texas. The ExtraordinaryIs Awards Gala is the marquis, annual fundraising event of the Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation.  At the Awards Gala, we celebrate and honor local nonprofit organizations, high school and college students, and corporations who have made an extraordinary impact on the local DFW community. We strive to honor the unsung, ordinary, everyday heroes in our community with grants and scholarships.

The event is comprised of a cocktail hour, silent and live auction, awards ceremony, dinner, dancing, and keynote speech. Past keynote addresses have been given by Lynette Khalfani-Cox, Carl Lewis, US Army Master Sergeant Cedric King, Tyson Durfey, and Thasunda Brown Duckett. Since 2017, Kevin Frazier, the Emmy Award winning co-host of Entertainment Tonight, has been a special guest and master of ceremonies at the event. To date, we have given out 99 college scholarships, 23 sustaining college grants, 13 community impact awards, and have seeded 18 nonprofit organizations.

Friday, November 12, 2021

6:30 PM to 11 PM


Live! by Loews

1600 E Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76011

Valet and Garage Parking  

Special Group Room Rates will be available soon.

Ticket sales will begin online on September 15, 2021.

2021 Keynote Speaker

Announcement Coming Soon!

Special Guest and Master of Ceremonies

Kevin Frazier
Emmy Award-winning Co-Host of Entertainment Tonight

Entertainment Provided  By 

Wyclef Jean
3 time Grammy Award Winner and Golden Globe Nominated Singer

Event DJ

Brandon Williams
Official DJ of the Dallas Cowboys

Executive Director and Gala Event Coordinator

Shannon Flowers 
Shannon’s Custom Events

Gala Presentation and Event Videos Crafted By

Kinetigraf Entertainment

Join the Movement

What does extraordinary mean to you?

The ExtraordinaryIS movement seeks to improve our community by finding and rewarding ordinary people who have the conviction to achieve extraordinary goals with limited resources. Join us in honoring and celebrating these extraordinary heroes in our community.

The city of Arlington honors the Thasunda Brown-Duckett, Founder and CEO of the Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation

Extraordinary Scholars

Nominate a student today for the 2021 ExtraordinaryIS Scholarship Award!  Do you know an extraordinary high school senior who gives back to the community? The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation  provides scholarships to these unsung heroes in our local area high schools. The 2021 application submissions  open on January 18, 2021.  Applications will be accepted until midnight on April 30, 2021. Awardees will be announced by the end May, 2021.

We also offer a Renewal Sustaining Grant for past ExtraordinaryIS Scholars to continue their college education. Returning ExtraordinaryIS Scholars should reapply using the same submission form. We look forward to hearing from you.  Good luck pursuing your higher education dreams!

Extraordinary Nonprofits

Do you know of an extraordinary Texas-based tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an extraordinary story? The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation's ExtraordinaryIS grant program recognizes ordinary people doing extraordinary things with limited resources in our community. Nominate your favorite nonprofit organization for an ExtraordinaryIS Award today!

Extraordinary Impact

The ExtraordinaryIS Impact Award says thank you to outstanding individuals who impact our community in positive ways. Nominate your favorite community advocate for the ExtraordinaryIs Impact Award today.

Extraordinary SLAMfest

SLAMfest is our annual basketball tournament and fundraiser at Sam Houston High School benefiting the Arlington Independent School basketball programs. Our event also raises money and provides school supplies to children in need across the DFW metroplex. 

  • 89

    scholarships awarded

  • 18

    organizations supported

  • 1,000+

    people have donated

  • 89

    scholarships awarded

  • 18

    organizations supported

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Arlington, TX 76002

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Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.