Although NFL players have much to prepare for as the coming season approaches, many players chose to spend their “down” time giving back to their respective communities with football camps. This lengthy list is a tribute to the many players who use their skill and their platform as professional athletes to help others.
Accumulative Advantage, June 28, 2016
On Saturday campers and local celebrity football players filled Leo Buckley Stadium, for the 7th time. Children had the chance to learn from their local stars of the community. Earlier in the day Johnny “Lam” Jones, Romance Taylor, and Roy Miller visited McLane Children’s Hospital to visit the teen center… Miller shared some thoughts: “what struck me the most was that some kids were on hospice and made it their life goal to improve the teen center, how selfless, courageous, wise, and inspiring…. It takes a village to raise a child, as you know we are creating a cycle of successful men and women who will eventually COME BACK and GIVE BACK to their community.” The Accumulative Advantage Foundation will be donating some games to McLane Children’s Hospital’s teen center.
Fox10, Linh Ha, June 11, 2016
Mobile native Nick Fairley continues to give back to the community where he grew up. He is hosting the Lion Heart Charity Weekend for the third year in a row. It will be Friday and Saturday, June 19th – 20th and includes a charity kickball game, a meet and greet, and football/cheerleading camp. Fairley will also take the opportunity to launch his non-profit foundation The LionHeart98 Foundation. "My vision is to see true interaction among the players and youth that they can use on and off the field," said Nick Fairley.
East Bay Times, Julian J. Ramos, June 23, 2016
NFL running back Robert Turbin returns to Fremont this weekend to host a youth football academy at Irvington High School, his alma mater. Turbin, who won a Super Bowl ring two and a half years ago with the Seattle Seahawks, is expected to be joined by several other NFL players at the Saturday and Sunday camp for boys 8 to 18 years old. The other players are Victor Butler, Will Davis, Lawrence Guy, Winston Guy, Malik Jackson, Nevin Lawson, Terrance Mitchell, Marlon Moore, Sio Moore, Bobby Wagner and Trey Williams.
Havelock News, Adam Thompson, July 16, 2016
More than 100 kids ran around the fields, smiling and laughing, at Havelock’s Recreation Field Saturday morning. They learned the fundamentals of football, received instructions and interacted with professional football players that they would typically watch on television. Bruce Carter, a Havelock native, was once one of those kids eager to absorb lessons that would help develop him into where he is now. Approaching his sixth season in the NFL, he returned to his hometown to conduct his second “Bruce Carter Football Camp,” a free camp for the youth. “You have to embrace it,” Carter said. “I was a kid once so I know it’s always great to have somebody you can look up to and someone you can come back to and see that they made it, especially from where we are from. “It goes to show that I am an example that if I can do it anybody can.”
Seahawks.com, John Boyle, July 8, 2016
Since making Honolulu his offseason home several years ago, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has formed a special bond with his adoptive hometown and the people who call Hawaii home. So when it came time for the Bennett Foundation to host a football camp, Bennett didn’t just want it to be a fun event for local kids, he also wanted it to be free. “That comes from my mom and dad growing up in the community and always giving back,” Bennett, who is from Houston, but whose wife, Pele, is from Hawaii, told Honolulu’s Khon 2 News. “My dad was a part of the school board, my mom worked in the district for 20 years, and I just always wanted to give back and always make it free. Because growing up, I know I wasn’t able to afford the things like going to certain camps or doing certain things.” On Saturday, Bennett will host his fourth annual camp at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with more than 700 kids, age 7 through 18, expected to attend.
WFMY News 2, Lauren Melvin, July 8, 2016
David Amerson, Oakland Raiders cornerback, will host his third annual summer football camp in Greensboro this weekend. This weekend, he'll return home to his neighborhood of family, friends and fans to spend time with the youth of Guildford and surrounding counties during the annual youth football camp. The annual football camp is Saturday, July 9 at 9:00 a.m. at Dudley High School in Greensboro. It's hosted by the David Amerson Defending Hands Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Amerson to provide outreach, wholesome activities, scholarships and community service for youth in underserved communities… “We’re inviting kids, parents and friends to come out and enjoy a day of fun. I’m looking forward to coming home and giving back,” says Amerson.
My ArkLaMiss, June 22, 2016
A homegrown NFL player returned to the ArkLaMiss on Saturday to give back to his hometown. Before he was a New York giants wide receiver, Rueben Randle played for the Bastrop Rams and the LSU Tigers. "The way everything's going , this off season, I'm looking forward to putting my work in this summer break , gonna get right back in camp and get right back in where I left off in off season training," he said. On Saturday, he hosted the Reuben Randle Football Camp for Bastrop's young players -- going through drills with them and signing autographs. "It was a great feeling coming back and just putting a smile on the kids' faces in this area, just be a positive role model and I just felt like it was necessary for me to come back and do this," he said.
Malden Observer, June 29, 2016
NFL Player and Malden High School graduate Breno Giacomini, who plays for the New York Jets, is hosting a free football camp at Macdonald Stadium in Malden. At the camp, sponsored by American Football Without Barriers (AFWB), Giacomini will be joined by other current and former NFL players to teach best practice techniques he and his friends have learned during their years of playing football.
WLKY, Erica Coghill, June 24, 2016
NFL football players met with approximately 80 kids Friday at the summer camp in Bagdad. The camp is all about the siblings of kids who are being treated for cancer, giving them a worry-free week filled with fun activities. Breno Giacomini is a former University of Louisville football player who now plays for the New York Jets. He, along with other NFL players, stopped by Friday to host a football camp for the kids and sign autographs. After camp wraps up Saturday, the kids' siblings who have cancer will then have their own camp next month.
The Denver Post, Nicki Jhabvala, May 10, 2016
Demaryius Thomas will host his ProCamp at Mullen High for both boys and girls grades 1-8. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. both days and will include instruction from Thomas and other coaches, as well as an autographed item from Thomas, a camp photo and T-shirt. Cost: $249 per participant. Like Thomas, Von Miller will host a two-day ProCamp at Englewood High for boys and girls grades 1-8. The sessions run from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. both days and will include instruction from Miller and other coaches, as well as an autographed item from Miller, a camp photo and T-shirt. Cost: $249 per participant. TJ Ward’s USA Football FUNdamentals camp will be free and open to children aged 8-13. The camp will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Denver School of Science and Technology. CJ Anderson’s youth camp is for players 10 and older and will be held at Regis Jesuit High from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Anderson will be joined by other Broncos players, including receiver Jordan Norwood and defensive lineman Phil Taylor, for the two-day camp, which will conclude with a Q&A session with the players and an opportunity for autographs.
WKRG, July 9, 2016
Former Alabama quarterback and current Cincinnati Bengals player AJ McCarron could be seen at Baker High School today running drills with kids ages six to fourteen. For the second year in a row, McCarron has worked to help build young players’ fundamentals. He told News 5 that he feels blessed to have a platform that gives him the ability to give back to those in his hometown. “It just reminds you of how pure the sport is and how pure sports in general are and life in general. If the whole world could act like these kids the world would be a better place,” said McCarron. McCarron wasn’t the only NFL player in the port city this weekend. Former Davidson High School star and current safety for the San Francisco 49ers Jaquiski Tartt took time to reach out to young athletes at a free camp at Sage Avenue Park. Players learned how to improve their technical skills on the field. Tartt also had words of encouragement for the players as they pursue their goals. “I hope they get motivated and know whatever they do in life, they don’t have to make it to the NFL. You’re successful in whatever you want to be in life,” said Tartt.
Beaumont Enterprise, June 28, 2016
The second annual Christine Michael, Ryan Grant and Willie Jefferson Football Skills Camp will be held on Thursday, July 14. The free camp, which goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is designed for players ages 8-18, will be held at the Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas stadium. The trio of NFL players and Beaumont natives will guide participants through skill tests and 7-on-7 scrimmages.
WTKR News, Daisia Payne, June 10, 2016
USA Football is bringing two free football camps hosted by NFL players LaRoy Reynolds and Marcus Mickel to Hampton Roads this month. The free, one-day clinics are designed to introduce children to football by teaching basic skills in a fun and energetic environment and is supported through a grant from the NFL Foundation.
14 News, June 10, 2016
NFL player Roddy White and the Roddy White Keep the Faith Foundation will host their Annual Summer Camp for youth from June 16-18. The camp will be held at James Island Charter High School (JICHS), 1000 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston. Additionally, the camp will feature an AAU Football “Elite 100” Ranking Combine on June 18. White, a JICHS alumnus, said he is committed to the community where he grew up. “It’s always a privilege to give back to the community that has been so supportive of me over the years,” White said. “It’s especially important to nurture our young people and inspire them to excel and pursue their dreams.” In its seventh year, the summer camp provides a well-rounded experience for youth, incorporating physical activity with important life lessons. Activities will include football, cheerleading, yoga and skill classes.
WAVY-TV, Jason Marks, July 12, 2016
There’s a football camp that means a lot more than what happens on the field. "I know a lot of you all thought you were going to hit the field today, but this right here is very important,” said Norfolk’s Kam Chancellor, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks. “It’s more important than football." On Tuesday at Norfolk State University, local NFL stars held a camp for teenagers. "Your decisions every single day will determine the outcome of your life," a Norfolk Police officer told the teens. NFL stars thought it was important to send a message. "You can be what and whoever you want to be," added Eli Harold from Ocean Lakes in Virginia Beach. Harold is playing for the San Francisco 49ers. "It starts with the youth,” Chancellor said. “Kids are the future. It starts with the young ones who haven't seen all the things we see in the future as we see now as older adults."
Bluehens.com, Delaware Athletics, June 20, 2016
University of Delaware football players never forget their roots - even when they’ve made it all the way to the National Football League. Five former Blue Hen standouts, all of whom now play in the NFL, will once again return to campus this week to speak to campers at the annual University of Delaware Football Youth Camp hosted by UD head coach Dave Brock and his coaching staff. Defensive back Marcus Burley (Seattle Seahawks) and offensive lineman Erle Ladson (Cleveland Browns) will be on hand Monday, June 20; tight end Nick Boyle (Baltimore Ravens) will appear on Tuesday; and offensive lineman Gino Gradkowski (Carolina Panthers) will speak on Thursday. Safety Mike Adams, a two-time All-Pro with the Indianapolis Colts, will also be on hand but his appearance date has yet to be confirmed. The University of Delaware Youth Football Camp is designed to teach fundamental football skills for all positions for students ages 6-12. Nearly 150 kids are expected to take part in the camp, which will be held each day next week beginning at 9 a.m.
Fox 21 News, Alison Mastrangelo, July 13, 2016
Over 320 kids are getting to learn football skills and proper techniques alongside the professionals at the Pro Football Camp in Colorado Springs. However, kids are learning about more than just football. From proper football form to life lessons, this camp teaches the campers how to be well-rounded players and people. “It warms my heart to see people get better,” Greg Scruggs, Chicago Bears tight end said. These kiddos get to work alongside the NFL’s top athletes, which is their favorite part. “It’s like playing with somebody in your dreams, but better,” Luke Toliver, camper said. However, the pro players also enjoy sharing their personal stories with the campers. “I just want to show them that we are normal human beings, just like everybody else we have stories and go through things just like everyone else, we’re not super humans,” Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver said.
Naples Daily News, Adam Fisher, July 21, 2016
Before setting foot in his first NFL training camp, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander continues his busy summer by giving back to Southwest Florida. An Immokalee native drafted out of Clemson this spring, Alexander is hosting two events Saturday designed to give back to the kids of Collier County. He’s putting on a free youth football camp during the day, followed by a charity basketball game to benefit the Greater Naples YMCA that night. “It’s exciting to see Mackensie hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from,” said Skip Robinson, chief operating officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County, which will bring about 150 kids to the camp. “I’m sure he’s going to have a long relationship with kids in this area.” In May, just days after being drafted, Alexander visited the Boys and Girls Club in Naples to give a motivational speech. He also donated $10,000 worth of athletic gear.
The Shreveport Times, Luke Thompson, June 11, 2016
Young, aspiring quarterbacks like Elijah Kennon watched attentively and tried their best to mimic the smooth, effortless motion they saw from their instructor Saturday afternoon at Lee Hedges Stadium. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett found a few things to correct in the soon-to-be eighth grader’s form, offering one-on-one guidance Kennon and others won’t soon forget. Later, wide receivers lined up against defensive backs and tried to catch passes from the former All-SEC second team selection at Arkansas. Those were just a few of the highlights for nearly 400 kids at the free, 1st annual District Attorney’s Caddo Parish football camp, put on in collaboration with the Caddo Parish School board. Mallett and four other NFL players signed plenty of autographs during a long lunch break between the youth and high school camps, but on the field they stayed focused on teaching. “I was one of these kids that always wanted to go to these camps and so it’s fun just to be a part of it,” said Mallett, who grew up in Texarkana. “Like I told them, it doesn’t matter how you got here, just whoever brought you here tell them thank you because not everybody got to come out today.”
Cessna Stadium welcomes NFL players’ camp
KWCH, Josiah Ray, July 15, 2016
This week, the Wichita Dreams football camp took place at Cessna Stadium. Hundreds of kids came out to work on drills with coaches and NFL players, including Chris Harper, Arthur Brown Jr, Bryce Brown, and now-retired Kamerion Wimbley. The Kamerion Wimbley foundation has been working hard at camps to bring kids together to help them have fun playing the game they love. Although improving local players, the Dreams camp delivers more than that to the community. "The kids had fun; they really enjoyed themselves. It was just a great opportunity to give back to the city of Wichita." Wimbley, a grad of Wichita Northwest - and Florida state alum - was happy to come back to his hometown and have fun and develop young area athletes. He enjoyed a 9-year career in the NFL, playing for the Browns, Raiders, and Titans. Joining him from the pro ranks were several other hometown football products. Wichita East products Bryce and Arthur Brown Jr. Arthur is preparing for his fourth season with the Baltimore Ravens. Bryce has been a journeyman since entering the league, with his last stint coming with the Seattle Seahawks. He is currently a free agent. Chris Harper, most recently a Green Bay Packer wideout was there too. Harper is currently rehabbing a shoulder injury.
Capital Gazette, Public Affairs Office, June 30, 2016
For 20 minutes, a line of children tossed a football back and forth to a group of volunteer adult coaches. After each toss, the coaches encouraged the youngsters on how to improve their catching and throwing skills. Chief among them was Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., who provided his expertise at the P&G Steve Smith Sr. Football ProCamp sponsored by Procter and Gamble. About 150 children, ages 7 to 13, attended the two-day NFL camp offered June 20 and 21 at Fort George G. Meade's Youth Sports Complex through Fort Meade's School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited Program and Child, Youth and School Services. SKIES offers instructional programs for Fort Meade children and youths. "I'm not here as a Raven, I'm here as a father," Smith said. "My (10-year-old) son travels with me during the off-season when I do these camps. There are many kids whose fathers don't play catch with them. I'm teaching them my gift. The gift is football."
Live 5 News, June 1, 2016
Three NFL players originally from the Lowcountry will host their annual football camp this weekend. Every off season, Carlos Dunlap of the Cincinnati Bengals, Robert Quinn of the Los Angeles Rams and Byron Maxwell of the Miami Dolphins head back to Fort Dorchester High School to give back to the community. According to a press release, the camp will consist of two days: Friday’s Fun Day and Saturday’s Football Camp. “Growing up my, parents always made sure I worked on all my crafts during the summer from sports with my father to education with my mother. It was important for me to give the opportunities I always had has a child to other children following in my footsteps,” stated Carlos Dunlap, Jr.
The Progress Index, Nicholas Vandeloecht, June 25, 2016
Tennessee Titans player and Petersburg native Quinton Spain gave back to his home city on Saturday, holding a free football camp for youth from the Tri-Cities region and beyond. "I just wanted to give back to the community because when I was growing up, nobody came back to do camps for me," Spain said. "I felt like, me making it, [it was important] coming back, teaching them the steps and process." The first-ever Quinton Spain Football Camp, held Saturday on the Andrew J. White Football Field at Petersburg High School, drew 186 participants who took on a range of drills that tested their speed, agility, catching, defense and position skills.
ColtonsLegacy.org, June 25, 2016
Join us on Saturday June 25th, 2016 in Washington, Illinois for a one-day football camp and help us tackle Cystic Fibrosis! Campers will learn the basic fundamentals of football from NFL, College and High-School Players! This is the second year the Colton Underwood football camp will be hosted in his hometown. The goal and mission of the camp is bring awareness and raise money for the battle against Cystic Fibrosis.
Bay News, Stephanie Claytor, July 9, 2016
Two current NFL players teamed up with Lakeland’s Police Athletic League and area coaches on Saturday to show kids just how it’s done on the field, and to give back to the community where they started their football journeys. Twins Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, who before their prolific college and pro careers were standout football players at Lakeland High School, hosted their annual "Pouncey Twins Football Camp," now in its sixth year, at Lakeland Christian School. More than 800 children participated, learning how to play all of the positions on the football field, at the direction of the Pouncey twins, more than a dozen of their teammates, and area coaches.
LMTonline.com, Zach Smith Laredo, June 12, 2016
When Cowboys cornerback Josh Thomas saw “LRD” on his boarding pass, he wasn’t exactly sure where he was headed. But when he landed in Laredo this weekend, he was pleasantly surprised what he found. He helped lead a pair of football camps Sunday at the SAC as part of the Pro Camp Series which also included basketball and cheerleading camps. Thomas was also a guest coach at the Laredo Phantasy football game Saturday night. “It was hot out here but the people are lovely,” Thomas said. “The girls’ football game surprised me. I’ve never been to one of those before and you have a lot more respect to see girls come down and hit as hard as guys do.” Thomas was joined at the football camp by Falcons defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman and Eagles cornerback Randall Evans. The four-hour morning session featured seven to 12 year olds and the day ended with 13 to 18 year olds.
New Bern Sun Journal, June 16, 2016
New Bern native Kevin Reddick, a member of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, is bringing back the Kevin Reddick Football Camp at New Bern High School on Saturday. This is the third year Reddick has conducted his camp. Reddick will have former University of North Carolina teammates and current NFL players instruct with him. Those names confirmed are Quentin Coples (LA Rams), Kareem Martin (Arizona Cardinals), Eric Ebron (Detroit Lions), Tre Boston (Carolina Panthers) and Jabari Price (Minnesota Vikings).
Corinth Today, Josh Mitchell, July 11, 2016
Corinth-area children got to learn football skills firsthand from an NFL player and college coach on Saturday. Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kyle Love and Appalachian State University corners coach Bryan Brown were at Corinth High School for a football and cheer camp sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Mississippi. Other than teaching the children football skills, Love also stressed to them the importance of making good grades… “It’s just always fun to get out here and do something for the kids and do something for somebody other than yourself,” Love said. “I’m happy to be here.”
Press-Telegram, Mike Guardabascio, June 11, 2016
It was an Eastside Long Beach reunion at Chittick Park on Saturday afternoon, as Tennessee Titan and Long Beach Poly alum Jurrell Casey returned to the city to host his second annual free football camp for offensive and defensive linemen. Despite the positional specialization and a rainy morning, Casey’s camp still had over 100 attendees, more than double what it got during its first year… “I just think these kinds of events are important for the neighborhood — we didn’t grow up with anything like this.” Casey’s personal involvement with the campers included refereeing one-on-one blocking/pass-rushing drills — the winner from each of the four age groups also got a signed Titans jersey.
Mario Butler Foundation, June 18, 2016
This year’s football camp will be on Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville FL, and will host 350 kids ranging from ages 5 - 17. Mario has enlisted the help of some of the most elite athletes in the NFL. The camp will also feature coaches from around the area from various levels of the sport, trainers, a nutritionist and others. This team of camp staff will be providing participating kids with instructions and drills on developing sound football fundamentals. We believe that development of sound fundamentals encompasses more than on-the-field activities. That is why we will also focus on the importance of nutrition, conditioning, and proper hydration. It is our overall goal to teach the importance of health and safety in football, and to provide each camp participant with the knowledge to develop sound football fundamentals they can use at any level.
Emblem Cinema, July 8, 2016
Washington Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins takes some of the lessons he’s learned throughout his career and passes them on to middle school football players in his hometown of Holland, MI. Focusing on the fundamentals, but having a lot of fun along the way, Cousins aims to make a difference in the place he grew up.
MyCentralJersey.com, Angel Ospina, June 24, 2016
Before the Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins blossomed into one of the premier safeties in the NFL, he was just a skinny kid from Central Jersey with huge aspirations. Fast-forward 14 years, the Super Bowl Champion and Pro Bowler is back on the field where it all began, but this time to give back to the community in which he was raised. The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation hosted its 5th Annual Next Level Youth Football Camp on Friday in Piscataway, where he and his NFL peers led a variety of workouts for kids. "It’s humbling for me to be able to come back,” Jenkins said. “Not only to go through all the memories I had here as a kid, but to be able to spend time with these kids and give them some lasting memories in the same place is awesome.”
d-mars.com, Jazmine Bacon, July 8, 2016
Thomas is the epitome of a team player, and his success in the NFL allows him to pay it forward with Camp Mike T. This camp provides youth with the power of leadership through the necessary teaching of athletic skills and valuable life skills. Thomas recently hosted Camp Mike T in Houston, Texas. Camp Mike T was a free three day event sponsored by the National Football League and the Aldine Independent School District. This is an exciting year for Thomas, as this was the camp’s inaugural year mentoring youth and helping them set and achieve goals. When asked why he chose to bring this camp to Houston, Thomas said, “I always said if I ever made it, I would give back to my community.” This three day football camp provided kids ages 12-14 personal football coaching from several NFL players, college athletes and coaches, free of cost. “I do not want young men to miss out on a great experience just because of lack of money,” Thomas expresses. Camp Mike T helps youth reach their greatest potential and inspires them to continue to reach for their goals.
Fox 61, Freddie Matthis, July 10, 2016
Windsor alum and current defensive end for the Washington Redskins Chris Baker has never forgotten his roots and for the third year in a row Baker has run a free football skills camp at his old Warrior stomping grounds at Jack O’Brien Stadium at Windsor High School. The camp has several current NFL players on hand to teach the 8-14 year olds football fundamentals and although there are plenty of x’s and o’s covered Baker hopes to pass on some more important off the field knowledge as well.
Cleveland.com, Regina Garcia Cano, July 15, 2016
Cleveland Browns tight end Ben Watson will host a free football camp next week for local kids. The camp is for students in second- through sixth-grade, said a news release from Love Cleveland, the nonprofit co-hosting the camp. Two hundred children have signed up already. This will be a no-contact camp where Watson and others teach kids the basics of football.
Signal SCV Sports, Lorrie Reyes, June 26, 2016
Valencia graduates, and brothers, Shane and Brock Vereen’s third annual Playmaker Football Camp drew families related by blood and those related by football. The Vikings football family came out in full force in the triple-digit heat — whether it was players from Valencia’s first graduating class in 1998 or those who graduated late last month. “It’s always great to be back home,” said Shane Vereen, a 2007 Valencia grad and New York Giants running back. “I love coming back especially for this event. It’s something that’s very special to me and Brock. It’s definitely something we take pleasure in doing. Third time around, the third time’s the charm. Everything has been running really smooth. We have a lot of help from a lot of different people from Valencia. And it’s just great to be out here again.”
KLTV, Justin Woodard, June 13, 2016
For the third straight year, Trent Williams held its "Elite Football Camp" at Lobo stadium. The former Longview star is the highest paid offensive tackle in the NFL, but Williams hasn't let fame define him and loves giving back to his hometown. "I never imagined it would be this way, I never fathomed this in my wildest dreams, but God has blessed me tremendously," Williams said. "Longview has always welcomed me back with open arms so it's easy for me to do things like this. My whole goal is to get better every year, so I figured if my efforts were good to make the pro bowl this year then coming back next year even better you would think something like that comes with it. That's all I do man, I work my butt off in the offseason just to try and grow as a player."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, June 18, 2016
On Saturday, four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcomed 350 Tampa-area children to One Buccaneer Place for the Gerald McCoy Youth Football Clinic. The one-day football camp offered football instruction to local children, ages seven to 14, with an emphasis on fundamentals, teamwork and discipline. A large number of children in attendance come from single-parent households through the United Way Suncoast and were hosted free of charge by Gerald McCoy. “Single parent families; it’s close to my heart because my mother was a single parent, my wife, before we got married, was a single parent,” said McCoy. “I have seen the struggles of single parents, so that is really near and dear to my heart. I had the opportunity to bring out a number of these families on my dime because I didn’t want any kids to miss out on an opportunity because of finances.”
The Chronicle, June 30, 2016
All-Pro Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver and former Summerville High School standout A.J. Green will host his Football Skill Pro Camp Friday, July 9 at Summerville High School. The one day event will run from 9am-12pm at John McKissick Field, 850 S. Magolia St., Summerville, SC 29483. Green and other camp coaches will offer tips and instruction. Campers will experience various stations specializing in fundamental football skills and will participate in games and contests. Campers will be placed in small groups by age to ensure that each child gets maximum instruction.
More players who held camps over the summer include:
- Mike Adams
- Michael Brockers
- Steven Johnson
- Jason & Devin McCourty
- JT Thomas
- Michael Crabtree
- Morgan Burnett
- Johnathan Stewart
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