LUMBERTON, N.C. -- NFL player Vonta Leach hosted a football camp for kids in Lumberton over the weekend that is teaching more than just the fundamentals of the sport. As negative behavior in the NFL dominates headlines, it was a chance for young athletes to see the positive side of the game.
"I think it's just a great all-around thing teaching the kids life skills [and] things that are going to make them better in life," said Bryan Christophe, a parent of one of the participants.
Leach is from Rowland and returned to his hometown to put on the event, which has been recurring since 2004. This year, 10 other NFL players joined him including Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco and NY Giants' Sean Locklear.
"I knew as a youngster, when I was growing up, I wanted to see professional athletes. For us to take our time and come back to the community and show our face to the kids, I know it means the world to them," said Locklear.
In addition to learning about football, the players also enforced skills off the field that will hopefully set a positive example for the 800 children that took part in the event.
"We talked to them about their grades, and you know, how you have to have good grades in order to play sports or do anything," said Leach.
The football and cheer camp is part of Leach's foundation that is meant to promote positive development in youth. To Learn more, visit the Official Website of the Vonta Leach Foundation.