For the young boys interested in football, there was a Parks to Pros Football Camp portion, which had the largest number of participants who performed six agility drills that related to the game of football.
“We taught the kids the fundamentals of offense and defense,” Keyaron Fox said. “We would show them the drill then watch them do it and correct them to the best of our ability and the kids were real appreciative of that.”
For the young girls in attendance, there was a Spirit Dance Camp session in the gym directed by professional cheerleaders Kadija Johnson and Amessia Chapman who taught the girls basic cheering moves and dance techniques.
“They learned a lot in a little bit of time between the dance techniques, cheer motions and dance routines but they all did such a wonderful job,” Johnson said.
This was also Johnson’s third time volunteering at the camp.
“It’s always great to come out here, knowing [Keyaron] is doing so much for the community and bringing in so many of the young kids,” Johnson said. “Showing them that people do come back to their neighborhoods. People do help out and serve their communities no matter how successful they have become.”
Fox also spoke to the kids about the importance of higher education.
“College should definitely be the goal of any kid in high school,” he said. “Do good in school and make their way to college whether it’s academically or athletically.”
Then for the parents, there was a Fit 4 Life Boot Camp led by Otis Bullard, who trains adults of all ages at the gym of the same name in Union City.
“This is the Keyaron Fox Foundation Family Fitness Day, an event to bring the entire family out,” Fox said. “A lot of parents push their kids off into sports and being active, but don’t make the commitment themselves. So we wanted to make sure it was a total family fitness day.”
Fox, a Westlake graduate, is currently an NFL free agent. He missed all of last season with the Houston Texans after suffering a left knee injury in training camp.
“Being a veteran, I got a lot to offer teams — wisdom and good leadership skills,” the linebacker said.