PERRY, Fl. (WTXL) — Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 were out in Perry, Florida Saturday morning for the Tracy Maxwell Football Camp. The camp is not just about football though, but also about participants vowing to stay clean and avoid drugs.
Tracy Maxwell, a Perry, Florida native said, "I played football here at Taylor County. I graduated in 1979. We made a state championship run in 1977-78, and I just love football. This is just my way of giving back to the community and giving back to the kids. So, anytime I get the opportunity to invite some outstanding people in, I just like to give back."
The camp was held at Taylor County Sports Complex, where participants went through speed and agility drills. "As you can see, we have boys and girls. And some of these girls are better than the boys, looking at some of them. It's just great for the kids, to learn how to work and get away from video games," said Maxwell.
Participants also signed a petition to stay drug free. Rodney Blunt is the founder of the organization City Streets 2 Student Athletes. It started in 2009 and Maxwell said it's all about remaining drug-free.
"The message is drug-free. Whether you're doing steroids or smoking cigarettes or things that you shouldn't be doing. It's just a great message that he brings to the kids. I couldn't think of a better organization to bring here than City Streets 2 Student Athletes."
The Tallahassee area is not the only one with problems involving drugs. Maxwell explained, it is everywhere. "I think there's a drug problem all over the United States. I don't want to single out Tallahassee. I just flew in last night from Colorado, where I spent 8 weeks out there and there's a drug problem out there too," said Maxwell. "I think it's a sign of the times and we need more organizations like City Streets 2 Student Athletes to reach some of these young kids, to tell them to stay away from drugs."
City Streets 2 Student Athletes can also be found in Pensacola and Jacksonville, which is where Blunt came from, along with his volunteers.
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