When D.J Swearinger realized his dream of playing the NFL, he knew it was bigger than just a kid living his dream. He knew it would provide him opportunities to help the kids in the town where he grew up.
“It’s great coming back home and seeing so many kids out here,” Swearinger said Friday morning during the camp. “It’s great to see so much support and be able to give back.”
Swearinger was joined by Texans teammate and fellow South Carolina alum Johnathan Joseph as well as former Gamecocks Victor Hampton (Cincinnati Bengals) and Akeem Auguste (Seattle Seahawks). Also on hand to help with skills training was fellow Greenwood native and Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, who is well known for his efforts to provide the youth in Greenwood with positive activities.
More than 300 kids attended the free camp Friday morning, coming from as far away Greenville and Anderson to attend. The players were joined by a host of coaches, most of whom are on the staff at Greenwood High School, helping teach the kids many of the fundamentals of the game of football, from carrying and catching a football to proper tackling technique to recovering a fumble. Campers were provided with a t-shirt and lunch from Chick-fil-A.
“We had a great time today,” Swearinger said. Giving back to the kids is what it’s all about and this is something that I’m going to be doing every year. Any time I’m in the spirit of giving back and the kids are having a good time, it’s all good.”