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NFL player gives back to his hometown

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

Kerry Wynn (left) teaches a young boy the proper technique to throw a football camp. Approximately 150 athletes participated during the inaugural event.

Kerry Wynn (left) teaches a young boy the proper technique to throw a football camp. Approximately 150 athletes participated during the inaugural event.

Kerry Wynn was an all-state football player during his senior season at Louisa County High School in 2009.

Six years later, the 6-foot-5, 269-pound defensive end for the New York Giants returned to his alma mater to give back to a community that has been among his biggest supporters.

The LCHS athletic department hosted the Kerry Wynn Community Football Camp June 27 as part of the National Football League’s  USA Football Fundamentals initiative.

Nearly 150 boys and girls, ages six through 13, packed the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center to learn the game of football from one of its own.

“When I was their age, I was thinking about when the next cartoon was coming on,” Wynn said. “It feels so good to be able to come back and do this. It’s a dream come true to see the kids out here, running around, and having a good time. And to know that you played a part in that, it’s a great feeling.”

Wynn said the Giants organization encourages players to take part in camps, which sparked an idea.

“They told me about the opportunity to host camps and I asked could I possibly take it to my hometown and do it there,”he said. “It was a no-brainer for me.” Wynn said the next day he talked with football coach Mark Fischer and athletic director George Stanely to set it up.

The event was initially scheduled to be held at the auxiliary football field at the high school, but storms forced the camp to be moved indoors.

“I was a little nervous with the weather and having to switch locations,” Wynn said. “When I got here Thursday, I found out we couldn’t have the stadium, so it was a lot of regrouping and trying to get our bearings.”

To read the entire story, see the July 2 edition of The Central Virginian.


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