First Future Stars camp a successPublished 1:45am Wednesday, July 31, 2013
When Tevin Washington began looking for instructors for his first Future Stars camp, he didn’t search far. He turned to his copy of The We-Wa-Tumpkis, the official yearbook of Wetumpka High School.
“They’ve been through the same experience I had coming through Wetumpka,” said Washington. “And they’ve all gone on to play college. So I’m speaking the same verbage going through the drills and talking to them.”
Washington was joined by former Indian teammates Blake Ray (North Alabama), Bill Ross (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), Kejuan Riley (Alabama State) and Kevin Lacey (Tuskegee).
“I can’t remember the last time we were all together,” said Washington. “I try to text them throughout the season to see how they are doing, but this is different. This is fun.”
They even had an interloper amongst them. Justin Thomas (of Prattville, now at Georgia Tech) was also on hand to help out.
“I was really excited when Tevin got in touch with me,” said Ross. “I’m trying to do things like this all the time. And we’ve got a lot of kids and this is a chance to give back to the community.”
The first camp featured around 30 kids.
“I’m having a great time,” said Ray. “It’s fun being with kids. And this is a great chance to give back to the community.”
Over the course of the day, campers learned the fundamentals of football and ended the day with an obstacle course and some prodding by the instructors.
“We didn’t have anything like this when we were going through,” said Ray. “It’s great to be out here and able to work with the kids. I remember how hard Coach (Chad Anderson) pushed us. I wouldn’t trade my high school days for anything.”
Washington, who engineered the Yellow Jackets offense to berths in the ACC Championship game and an Sun Bowl win, grinned like a proud pappa as a game of AirBall went on around him.
“We only really got on this about three weeks,” said Washington. “I want to make this a yearly thing. I want to have it where guys from Wetumpka come back and help work the camps. Show the kids that you can go on from here and do great things. I think that would be a really strong selling point.”
Washington said he plans to make the camp an annual event.