FORT LEWIS, WA — “Athletes Helping Kids” will conduct a four-hour youth football clinic at Fort Lewis Saturday, Aug. 9.
Former Seattle Seahawk Ricky Ellis and eight other NFL players will work-out and interact through non-contact football drills with participants ages 9-17, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Youth Services athletics fields.
The Foundation for Athletes Helping Kids has conducted similar football clinics at Forts Monroe, Bragg, and Richardson, and at Schofield Barracks in recent years. The clinics give youth athletes a chance to meet their role models- professional athletes- on common turf. The athletes hope that by sharing their sport, they will connect with participants and serve as positive examples for young people seeking to achieve their own goals in life.
More than 50 retired NFL players are members of the organization.
In addition to Ellis, other former NFL players who will be coaching at the Fort Lewis clinic include:
- Napoleon McCallum, Los Angeles Raiders
- Cephus Witherspoon, New Orleans Saints
- Rich Umphrey, New York Giants
- Hal Smith, Los Angeles Raiders
- Kirk Dodge, Denver Broncos
- Charles Mincy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Bill Shine, New York Jets
- Donald Jones, New York Jets
The day before the clinic, the players will tour the installation, meet with Soldiers at their units, and visit with wounded warriors assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion.