We normally hear of professional NFL players putting on summer football camps, but today we are going to share about a few Division 1 athletes who decided to support youth in the sport they love.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, South Carolina LB Kaiwan Lewis put together a free football camp for the Pleasantville Jokers junior football league team. Lewis rounded up some former high school teammates to help out for the worthy cause. Lewis was joined by St. Joseph High School graduates and Sicklerville natives Max Valles and Gordon Hill, as well as Oakcrest graduate Brandon Bell. Hill plays safety at Sacred Heart, Valles plays outside linebacker at Virginia and Bell is a linebacker at Penn State.
“I played on the same field as a child, so I wanted to come back and show the kids that there is a way out, and the world is bigger than this community. I’m not going to be somebody who just made it and forget where I came from.”
Lewis had it especially rough growing up, he said. He latched onto football at a young age, and it wasn’t until he got to St. Joseph when he saw the sport as a way to get a higher education. He is the first person from his family to go to college.
When referring to St. Joseph and coach Paul Sacco, Lewis added,
“That was the best decision of my life I made. I feel like that really changed my life.
About 20 kids ages 6 to 14 came out to the Max Manning Field Complex at Park Avenue Park to listen to the Division I football players talk about life and football.
These are the type of stories we need to be hearing from our players instead of being in trouble with the law. Way to go Lewis and I am certain those young children were impacted beyond the sport itself.