Falcons' Weatherspoon helps local football camp

Atlanta Falcons
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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Saturday, local NFL players were at Laney giving their talents to a kids football camp. Sunday, Falcons star Sean Weatherspoon took his turn over in Columbia County.

The East Georgia Pop Warner league finished a two-day camp, and Weatherspoon was the main attraction.

They call him "Spoon," and the starting linebacker dished out skills and advice for the kids of this league.

Weatherspoon had never even been to our area, but he jumped at the chance to help out.

"It's always great to give back," Weatherspoon said. "I've never been out to East Georgia. So, when I got a chance to partner up with the East Georgia Pop Warner football league and their football camp, I really thought it would be a good idea to just get out here and bring the kids a little hope and come out here and have a little fun with them."

If Weatherspoon was the face of the camp, Athelite's Ryan Bowers took his spot as the brains of the operation. He's at nearly every camp around, and even with a successful business of his own, this is one of his favorite things to do.

"We get to become mentors for the kids, and I think that's just as much of an importance as anything is giving back through mentorship," Bowers said. "When I see them at Wal-Mart or at the grocery store, they're like, 'Hey Coach!' I get to coach all the kids in the area as opposed to just a select few."

The East Georgia Pop Warner league is starting its second year after a successful opener.

Also, camp season is very much here. NFL players Jasper Brinkley and Jarius Wynn have camps later this month, and Dekoda Watson hosts his at South Aiken next weekend.

If you're not only in it for football, Bowers and Athelite host an all sports camp June 10-14. Check out www.atheliteacademy.com for more on that.

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