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Giving back: Smith hosts football camp

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By Alice Du Pont

Leroy Smith, Quincy native and former NFL standout, will host a football camp for children 13 years or younger July 16-18 at Corry Field. Smith, who is a 2000 graduate of Shanks High School where he played under Coach Andy Gay,  

said the camp is intended to give back to the community through the youth.

    Smith played defensive back at Florida State University before joining the Chicago Bears in the National Football League and the Tampa Bay Storm and the Utah Blaze in the American Football League.

    The camp will feature fundamental offensive skills taught by coaches for each position.

    "You learn a lot from football. It teaches discipline, cooperation and other life skills. This camp is designed to help those attending begin developing those At this level many of the attributes as they learn more about the game," he said.

    "The camp will use the character building plan that teaches 'identity plus thinking plus judgement equals success' which has worked at sports camps nationwide," Smith said.

    He is inviting athletes from all local high schools to participate by being on hand to help mentor the younger participants. he said his ultimate aim is to pair a young child with an older child so that they can communicate during the year.

    "Younger players look up to high school school athletes. I want to pair one high student with one middle or elementary school student. I want them to establish a big brother type relationship," he said.

    Registration for the three-day camp begins at 8 a.m. at the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center with instruction beginning at 9 a.m. registration fee is $40 and includes daily lunch and camp t-shirt. Registration forms can be downloaded by going to www.dirsee.org. Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the camp duration. The grand prize will be a ticket to enter Disney World.

    For more information, contact Smith at 850-210-3958.