May 19, 2007
Albany -- The third-annual AIM for Youth Golf tournament weekend wrapped with a football camp Saturday in Albany.
Over 250 kids showed up for the camp run by the Atlanta Falcons, with NFL players teaching the campers skills in football and in life.
The baseball diamond at Byne High School was filled with football players, as NFL stars like New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Lewis teamed up with AIM (Athletic Improvement and Mentoring) and the Falcons Youth Program to lead a football camp for kids in Albany, and AIM founder Alma Davis says the interaction is great for the campers.
"They can see that these guys are tangible people," says Davis. "It's not just about being on the field and making the money. They love the community, they love giving back to these kids."
Lewis says, "I never had an NFL guy come and not just talk to me, but interact with me like we are today."
Elgin Rhodes from the Falcons Youth Football department has bee very impressed with Albany.
"I'm just blown away by the support," says Rhodes. "Not only of the fans, but of people that may not even be fans of football, that just showed up with the whole community coming together."
Seven-year-old Lester Green says, "They were telling us all about everything. We're doing football, and everything is so fun."
The Falcons and AIM for Youth have entered into a new partnership, which should make the team much more visible in South Georgia.
"Most definitely," says Davis. "We have to bring them out of the metro Atlanta area down south to Albany.
"I think it's an awesome, awesome city," adds Rhodes.
Lewis is looking forward to a return trip to Albany.
"I'm already talking about next year, and we aren't finished yet," says the wide receiver.
And the campers are pretty excited as well.
Green says, "They are very, so happy. We love them, and we will always be with them."
Ten kids at Saturday's camp also won tickets to a Falcons game next season.