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NFL star hosts celebration

March 4, 2006

Colquitt -- N-F-L stars were in Miller County Saturday for Kid's Day Out. It is an event started by New Orleans Saints defensive end, and South Georgia native, Charles Grant. For one Camilla boy, it was more than just a party. He says it was an inspiration for his future.

About a dozen pro-football players were at the party... Enough to make the head spin of young Freddy Pate.

"I might go to Georgia, play for the Bulldogs, and get drafted by the NFL."

He has big dreams of playing pro-football one day. So his mother Alzenia Pate drove almost 40 miles from home so Freddy could meet the ball players.

NFL star Charles Grant is a role model for 12 year old Freddy. Grant wants children like Freddy to educate themselves, so one day they can climb to the top.

"That's a great feeling because I looked up to other people for my inspiration. A great role model for me. I just want to be a good role model for these kids to help them succeed."

Alzenia Pate says events like this keeps kids from sliding down the wrong path and stay focused on a goal.

"I'm hoping he'll pursue this and nothing will distract him in the long run."

With watchful support, Freddy will continue to aim high until he finally makes the goal... his very own signing day.

Charles Grant is a native of Miller County and brings the party home in memory of his brother Renaldo, who died when he was young. Grant plans to continue the party each year and hopes the event can reach more children every year.

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