MICCOSUKEE, Fl. (WTXL) — New Orleans Saints running back and Miccosukee native, Javorius "Buck" Allen, came back to his hometown for a special event. He hosted Buck Mission Day 2019 which is the first year for the event.
The event featured financial classes for teenagers and adults, arts and crafts, and stem projects, just to name a few.
Allen explained that he thought about holding a football camp but realized that many football players already hold camps, so he decided to do something a little different for his hometown. "For me, I thought of a bigger picture, you know, about parents getting kids to the camp, grandparents and all that. I just came up with a whole day pretty much that helps them fulfill their needs. Get them something that they can't get on a daily basis; free STD testing, free visual, free eye exams, things like that."
Allen is proud to be from the small, rural town and said he is honored to be able to hold the event in the place he grew up. "It's like being from a small village and you go out and kill a buffalo and you just take it for yourself and don't go back and share it. So, I went out and connected with a lot of great people and now they're on my team and why not come back and share it. You know, they know that you haven't forgotten about them, you know, you're still one of them. So, I think it's very humbling to put everything in perspective."
The pro footballer also said he hopes to continue the Buck Mission event for as long as he can, even after he's done playing professionally.