Water coolers, the beating summer sun and kids running all around are a familiar scene for NFL veteran Brice Butler.
Alongside his father and fellow NFL teammates, the Norcross High School grad traded in his cleats for a whistle Saturday for the Brice Butler Youth Football Clinic.
Butler, a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, was joined by teammates Kenyan Drake, Albert Wilson and Isaiah Ford as well as Damontae Kazee, a member of the Atlanta Falcons, at his second annual youth camp in Gwinnett.
The clinic was held at Cemetery Field in Norcross, where Butler played games as a youngster, and gave children ages 7-13 an opportunity to learn football fundamentals from those at the highest level of the game.
“I used to go to football camps all summer long when I was growing up,” Butler said. “Being on the field with the greats of the game inspired me to work hard and accomplish that dream.”
Parents and siblings looked on as kids were split into groups led by NFL veterans across the field.
“It’s great to see that [Brice Butler] shows interest in giving back,” said Sheldon Bliss, a youth football coach watching his 10-year old son on the field. “Camps like these can make goals into realities.”
Two former Atlanta Falcons, Buddy Curry and Brice’s father Bobby Butler, were also in attendance. Curry and Butler founded Kids and Pros Camps in 2002 in an effort to teach kids safer ways to play football while also teaching them important life lessons. Those two now host more than 30 camps this summer across eight different states.
Teaching children the right way to play football is essential for Kids and Pros Camps and now the Brice Butler Youth Football Clinic. By showing kids how to run, cut, catch and tackle correctly, Butler and his teammates are not only giving back to their communities, but also making an impact on safety in youth football.
“(This clinic) gives us something to look forward to,” said Muhammad Akbar, the father of an 11-year-old attending the event. “It’s really about hope.”