North legend returns
Tommy Bohanon, of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has always used football as a vehicle to give back to the community where he learned to play and love the game.
The former North Fort Myers High School star is set on doing that again by hosting his second annual Tommy Bohanon Youth Foot-ball Camp in partnership with the Tommy Bohanon Founda-tion on Saturday, June 23, at North Fort Myers High School from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Athletes throughout Lee County from first to eighth grade are invited to participate in a day of training “Like A Pro” with Bohanon and numerous certified football coaches.
Bohanon said he never had a camp like this when he was a kid, even though there were several players locally who had turned pro.
“I wanted to do a free camp where as many kids as possible could come out and reach as many people in the community that I could,” Bohanon said. “Growing up, this was the game I loved and I wanted to install that love to kids in the area.”
Participants will be directed in numerous football drills the pros do in training camp, and afterward hear about Bohanon’s journey to the NFL and what it takes to achieve their goals.
“We’re making sure the kids are getting all the right coaching and technique work we would be doing in a training camp setting,” Bohanon said.
The groups will be broken down by age, not position, since many of the younger athletes haven’t yet chosen a position.
After the camp, a healthy lunch will be provided and Bohanon will take pictures and sign autographs.
Since being selected by the New York Jets in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bohanon has been giving back to the community with the help of various community partners in order to present this event for free.
“I want to share my love, knowledge, and appreciation of football to kids in my hometown,” Bohanon said. I wish there were opportunities like this when I was a kid. Football has given me the opportunity to give back and that’s exactly what I want to continue to do.”
No football experience is required and all children who are interested in participating are invited. Bohanon said he would like to cap it at 250 but said he will not turn down anyone who wants to train.
If parents/guardians are interested in signing their young athlete up they can do so through the Tommy Bohanon Foundation website or on the camp’s Facebook Page.
The Tommy Bohanon Foundation was founded to support young athletes to reach their potential on and off the field.
Bohanon and his wife Katie, started the foundation to grant scholarships and funds for equipment to young athletes in need, not necessarily for football.
For more information or to register, visit tommybohanonfoundation.org or facebook.com/ tommybohanonyouthfootballcamp.