BALTIMORE, MD -- 3/2/16 -- Emia Sheila Perkins gets a little work done at the center. Music and other arts are part of the STEAM curriculum that Van has in place at the center.
Van Brooks runs the Safe Alternative Center, which he started to give middle school kids in West Baltimore a safe place to learn and play.
Brooks was a Division 1 prospect when he played football in high school, but was paralyzed in a freak accident after making a tackle in his junior year. He regained the use of his arms, even walking again with much assistance, and graduated on time from high school. He later earned a degree in marketing from Towson University. Though still confined to a wheelchair, he is self-sufficient and runs the center.…by André Chung #_AC13491