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Kids, NFL Players Attend Inaugural James Burgess Jr. Camp

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018 10:45 am | Updated: 12:04 pm, Fri Jun 29, 2018.

Florida City native and current Cleveland Browns linebacker James Burgess Jr. was pleased with the turnout at his first camp held at Loren Roberts Park.   There were 300 kids of all ages at the free football camp, which also featured complimentary food for the participants.

“I just see a bunch of kids having fun,” Burgess said. “It’s a blessing to give back to my community. I’ve got it tatted on my arm, Florida City raised me. This is where I was born at and it’s just great seeing all these kids out here having fun, enjoying themselves, and competing.”

Burgess has high hopes for the event moving forward.

“It turned out great, 300 kids out here, but if I could I would have 1,000 kids out here,” Burgess said. “I just want everybody to come out and get better and come to where I come from. There’s so much violence and negativity going around in my city where I’m from; I’m just trying to bring a lot of positive vibes back to the city. I have big dreams. I want all the celebrities, actors, singers, to come where I’m from and see all the kids growing up how I did and give the kids something to look up to.”

The event was held at the home of the Florida City Razorbacks, a youth football team that has produced a number of standouts including Burgess and Green Bay Packers cornerback Herb Waters, who was also in attendance.

“I feel like it’s well-needed especially in our down south community,” Waters said. “We’re going to try to continue this every year for the kids because giving back is a big part of our platform of what we’ve got now and this is a perfect opportunity for us to give back in any way we can.”

“It’s important to me because we didn’t really have this growing up,” Waters said. “So I feel it’s our time and opportunity to give back to the youth for the

generation that’s coming up now.”

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