Former Stephenville High School football player and current Los Angeles Ram Cody Davis will host his annual football camp in June.
Davis, who excelled as a safety for the Yellow Jackets, will be holding the camp for the fourth straight year and is looking forward to the opportunity.
"First and foremost, I enjoy giving back to my community. Getting to teach the kids the fundamentals of football while raising money for the Blue & Gold Legacy Project is just awesome," Davis said. "Interacting with the kids and parents is a blast every year. It's also great to bring all the coaches back together who have helped develop me into the player I am today."
The camp features top tier instruction to young athletes at no cost, and offers a positive influence in their lives.
"The main reason I wanted to be in the NFL was to use my platform for good. These days with social media and TV, there are more bad influences than ever that the kids are exposed to," Davis says. "I love getting face to face with these kids and bringing in coaches and volunteers who are great role models. I hope to show these kids that it's not about the hype, money or glamour, but about doing things right and working hard. I want these kids to be successful in not only sports, but most importantly, life."
While most young athletes won't succeed in becoming a professional athlete, Davis knows that one of the big reasons he is where he is now is because of a great foundation at a young age. He hopes to offer a building block to those in the area by helping set that foundation.
"There is a lot of work that goes into becoming a professional athlete. It's a process that builds on itself, so setting a great foundation to build off of at a young age is important. It takes years of consistency, hard work and dedication to make it to the next level, wherever that may be," said Davis. "Luckily I had great parents and grew up in Stephenville, where the coaches and culture set me up for success. The most important lesson I have learned at this level is to focus on what you can control and let God take care of the rest. You'll end up where you are meant to be."
The camp is set for Saturday, June 24, and will go from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The camp is once again free for those entering 1st-6th grades.
As the date draws closer, Davis has a word of thanks for those who have made the camp possible.
"I am amazed by the support from the sponsors I get to partner with and all of the volunteers who help me," he said. "Just getting back to Stephenville and having a week to participate in various events, see old friends and hang out at my old stomping grounds - it always feels good to be home."