‘NFL Day’ on the Washington Waterfront

The Washington Police Department will be hosting 14 NFL players to celebrate NFL day during the weekend of June 14.

Five of the players are former ECU football players: Terrance Copper (Kansas City Chiefs), C.J. Wilson (Green Bay Packers), Vonta Leach (Baltimore Ravens), Dwayne Harris (Dallas Cowboys) and Steven Baker (Kansas City Chiefs).

The event is part of the Project Second Chance, which was created last year in an effort to keep kids out of trouble as well as contribute positively to the community.

“Last year, we began a football camp but this year we made it much larger due to additional sponsorship. These kids give athletes a lot of respect and they can be great role models for them,” said Kimberly Grimes, crime prevention community outreach manager.

On June 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. on the waterfront, the players will sign autographs, give out souvenirs and explain to the youth the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to be a professional athlete. Free hotdogs and drinks will be provided and games to play. Live entertainment from The Victor Hudson Band will be provided.

“I think just showing these kids that they can accomplish anything when they put their mind to it is something very powerful,” said former Police Athletic League employee and senior education major Jessica Watson. “They need to realize that people from their hometown have accomplished so much.”

After the waterfront event, the NFL players will play a celebrity basketball game at Washington High School against the Washington police officers. The game will begin at 8 p.m and is free to the public.

The following afternoon the NFL players will host a football skills camp from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Washington High School. The football camp will be free; however, pre-registration is required to participate.

This writer can be contacted at news@theeastcarolinian.com.

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