When Jameis Winston was first drafted by the Buccaneers, one of the things he vowed to do was get involved in the community.
On May 20-21 Winston will do just that, as he hosts his second annual youth football camp at Sunlake High School.
Winston spoke with PewterReport.com about the camp earlier this week.
“Last year was my first year,” Winston said. “It means a lot to me, just to be out there with the kids. It gives them an opportunity to – I say it all the time – to touch you. Put them in a situation where they can actually be around you and have fun with you. Because a lot of these kids see you on TV, but never actually get a chance to actually meet you and spend time with you.”
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
The former Heisman Trophy winner wants the participants to know he is fully hands-on during the camp and loves being able to spend time helping the kids get better at football but also life in general.
“Absolutely, because I know as a kid I always dreamed of one my role models, one of my favorite players to get chance to spend some time with them,” Winston said. “So I am not going to short these kids anything. I am going to give them all I have, just like I give anything all I have.
“Not only are we going to have fun, but we are going to go through some drills and they can learn some technique type things. And all of these kids are going to get some experience with me. They are not going to be working with coaches and never get chance to see me. I will be going around to every station, again, like I said, to give every kid the opportunity to play some football with Jameis.”
Winston isn’t all smiles during his camp. In fact he has been known to make the campers repeat a drill more than once in order to get it right.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Pat Donovan/620 WDAE
“I am ( somewhat demanding), because I love it,” Winston said. “I want them to do it the right way. And you know what? I want them to feel my presence. I don’t want to just stand back and let them mess up. Or do something good without acknowledging them. Because these kids need some attention and I just love football a lot man. And I am going to do it the best way I can.”
Winston has pitched in with some of his teammates camps, and said some will return the favor later this month to his camp.
“I have a couple guys, but the way the guy’s schedules are, you can’t really confirm anything (yet). But I know I am going to pull out a couple big surprises for the kids.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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