Greenwood Academy teacher honored as 49ers ‘Teacher of the Game’

Greenwood Academy teacher honored as 49ers ‘Teacher of the Game’
Keith Brown (on right), 49ers' "Teacher of the Game." (Image by Jose Romero; photography via the 49ers Foundation)

By Kathy Chouteau

Keith Brown, an English and African American Literature teacher at Sylvester Greenwood Academy in Richmond, was honored as the “Teacher of the Game” at the San Francisco 49ers game against the Texans on Jan. 2.

Brown, who has been an educator for seven years, teaches 11th and 12 graders at the school, according to the 49ers Foundation. He shared with the organization that he became a teacher to serve underserved communities in need of equitable education and shared his advice to the next generation: “Speak truth to power, no matter the cost.”

During the Jan. 2 game, the 49ers Foundation and its partners at Chevron presented Brown with two complimentary tickets to the home game at Levi’s Stadium, a custom 49ers jersey and a signed football in appreciation for his contributions to education, per the foundation. View a short video of the presentation here.

Brown’s honor came just weeks preceding the 49ers’ triumph over the Green Bay Packers Sunday to advance to the NFC Championship against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles. Was Brown the team’s good luck charm? If the 49ers last-minute victory Sunday was any indication, all signs point to “yes.”

The 49ers Foundation looks to use the power of football to educate and empower Bay Area youth through collective and innovative community-focused strategies, according to its website. For inquiries re: the Teacher of the Game program presented by Chevron, contact [email protected].