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Former Notre Dame Football Player, Tim Brown, Partners With New App GivBux

An empowering digital wallet, helping you make a difference

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CIRCA 1986: Tim Brown #81 of Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs with the ball during an NCAA Football game circa 1986 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
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I was speaking to a couple of Notre Dame football alums (Tim Brown and Brandy Wells) the other day and learned about this great project they are currently working on. Let me tell you more about it!

Do you support a charity or non-profit organization? (For example: PTO, Booster Club, Food Bank, Crisis Service, Children & Family Services, etc.)

What if I told you that every time you shop at participating merchants for groceries, restaurants, take an uber, go to the movies, book a hotel, and so much more you could be giving back a percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to a non-profit organization you’re passionate about AND earning extra rewards for yourself. Would you be interested? Of course you would!

Let me introduce you to a free app that pays you to give: GivBux

An empowering digital wallet, helping you make a difference.

Creating a space for people to connect with the brands they love and give back where it’s needed most.

GivBux is building a more connected future in one app. By bringing the merchants and brands you love together in one place, we’re creating more savings for you and generating more sales at a critical time for business owners – all while increasing contributions to charitable causes.

“We’re becoming the most popular digital wallet app and the largest charitable giving community in North America. And we can’t wait for you to join us!”

Simple Digital Gifting

Connect with your loved ones anytime, anywhere by sending gifts in a few simple clicks. Your recipient has the freedom to choose from thousands of stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues on the platform.

Give to Charity

GivBux is a socially responsible app you can feel good about using. It allows you to automatically contribute a chosen percentage of each of your purchases to your favorite charity.

Earn Rewards

Get rewarded for using the app. You can easily invite your friends and family to join, and you’ll also earn rewards on their GivBux purchases.

GivBux is free & available in your App Store. Download it to start earning rewards & giving back to a nonprofit you’re passionate about!

Enter invite code WORTH when downloading app.


Have questions? Want to learn more? Text (949-698-310) or email ( Brandy Wells with any questions you have!

Do well by doing good!

Before I let you go, here are a few of Tim Brown’s favorite memories of his time at Notre Dame:

When Tim moved to South Bend to begin his freshman year he was not so sure that this move to a small college town in Indiana had been a good one. “Initially, being that I was a momma’s boy, being away from my family was a big challenge for me. Having to wait three, four, five weeks at a time before I could see them was a very difficult adjustment for me freshman year. The other big adjustment was the pressure of being a football player. When we first got to school and we were the only ones there, there was no pressure at all. You went to practice, hung out with the guys and everything was great. Once everyone got to school the pressure increased. When you were around your teammates, there was very little pressure. But when the students got there and everyone started asking you questions, things changed. All I wanted to do was play football and get a good education. I never wanted to be under the spotlight. I just wanted to go to school, learn and play football, not be under the spotlight. The academics were not as tough for me as they were for some of the guys. I was very motivated and focused on my education. I got a dual degree from the Arts & Letters and Business Administration departments, sociology and management.”

Before the very first game of Tim’s freshman year, the coaching staff had told him that he would not start right away, but rather that they would work him into the game. Then all of the sudden, they decided to put Brown out there for the opening kickoff. “I was nervous as all get out and feeling the pressure. So there I am standing out there, completely in shock, and I dropped the ball. I dropped the ball and I didn’t even realize I had dropped the ball until I saw people running after me. I took about three or four steps at which point I realized that the ball was behind me. After that rocky start, the coaches were doing their best to keep me out of the game. They rotated players in and out of the game, and every time my ‘group’ went in they would hold me back. Eventually I got in on a third-down play, mostly because they didn’t get a chance to hold me back, and I ended up making this great catch down the middle. That catch was probably the most memorable moment of my entire career because without that catch, nothing else would have happened. Football is all about confidence, and that play showed me that I could do it; that I could rebound from a terrible play and actually do well … that I had it in me to make a good play, keep my momentum and keep going.”

Tim loved head coach Gerry Faust. Coach Faust recruited him to come play football at Notre Dame, and without him he never would have gone there. “He was a great inspiration for me, for my life. If I felt sad, he would always say, ‘Come on in here and call your momma.’ Gerry Faust was a passionate coach, and he loved the game with all of the passion in the world. He loved the players and he loved Notre Dame. I’m not sure there will ever be a coach who will love Notre Dame as much as Gerry Faust. He may have been in over his head. Notre Dame seemed to get a little bit too big for Coach Faust, and as more and more people became negative, they lost confidence in him and then he lost confidence in himself, and it just snowballed from there. Once the coaches and players lost confidence in him it was pretty much over.” There was quite a change when Notre Dame transitioned from Coach Faust to Coach Holtz. “Coach Holtz was so full of energy. He had a different kind of passion. He was a very smart football coach who knew how to put you in the right position for your individual talent, and he was a fantastic motivator. He could make you believe you could run through that brick wall. We were so impressed with his vast football knowledge. He was definitely capable of doing everything that we thought a head football coach should be doing.”

A defining and often misunderstood moment of Tim’s career occurred during the 1987 Cotton Bowl matchup between Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Halfway through the fourth quarter, after the Aggies had taken a 28- 10 lead over the Irish, Tim returned an A&M kickoff 14 yards before being stopped. At that point, Warren Barhorst of Texas A&M took Tim’s towel from his belt. Tim then chased Warren across the field toward the Aggies’ bench and grabbed Warren from behind, tackling him to the ground.

‘’I wanted my towel back,’’ Tim said. ‘’It had my initials on it. It had my number on it. I didn’t know I’d be called just for trying to get my towel back.’’ The Aggies’ special teams had a thing for towels. They waved them all the time when they would go onto the field, and the crowd would go wild. ‘’The towel was there, my mind thought of it, and I went for it,’’ Warren said. Tim was called for 15 yards for a personal foul. (Quotes taken from New York Times article:

“All I knew was that they were not going to take my towel away that day. Cedric Figaro’s girlfriend made us that towel. (Cedric was one of Tim’s teammates.) Not everyone got one of the towels, but many of us did. Two weeks before the game she was in a serious car accident and so that towel had taken on a completely new meaning for us. They could have taken my helmet that day and it would not have been a big deal. But don’t mess with my towel. I was not frustrated at all. They just were not going to take my towel. (Television sportscaster) Brent Musburger was making fun of me, but he didn’t know the entire story behind the towel and what it meant to us.”

Cheers! & GO IRISH!