By Donnell Suggs
Former Lanett and West Alabama star Jared Washington and Camp 41 held a football camp on Saturday, July 16 at Lanett Football Stadium. All proceeds from the camp are going to the Lanett High School Athletics Department. The football camp is a way for local kids to get better at the game but there is more to this venture than just football, Camp 41 also handed out school supplies to the 25 kids that attended. “We gave away bags, notebooks and pencils,” says Washington, a LaFayette native. “We want the kids to be successful.”
The impact of football camps in a football-mad area like Lanett and LaFayette can garner a lot of attention but the impact of giving local kids school supplies -be them all that they have or a little extra to give to a friend- can affect a child on an even greater scale. “I think it’s very important,” says Washington in regards to giving back to his community and in particular to kids. “We have to build our kids up to adapt to a world that’s changing everyday.” The shootings in Baton Rouge that resulted in the death of three Baton Rouge Police Department officers and injuries to three others over the weekend have communities throughout the United States on alert. Entities like Camp 41 are working to ease the everyday lives of kids. “You don’t have to be famous to make a positive impact on a child’s life,” says Washington. “Being a role model to kids and helping them achieve [their goals] is important to me.”
Lanett High school rising senior quarterback Tre Story III made an appearance at the camp. Washington’s former college teammates at the University of West Alabama, defensive end Ashton Derico and defensive tackle Mike Williams also contributed to the school supply giveaway and football camp. “Having great people around will continue to help Camp 41 be successful,” says Washington.