Andrew Dys

Want to learn from Rock Hill’s NFL stars? June 11 is your chance

For kids who dream about not just meeting NFL stars, but playing football with them, and laughing with them, and hanging around with them, June 11 is going to be a special day.

That Saturday at Nation Ford High School’s football field in Fort Mill, many of Rock Hill’s NFL greats are coming back to York County for a football camp. And the names who are coming to help are huge, including Jadeveon Clowney, Stephon Gilmore, Johnathan Joseph, Phillip Adams and Jonathan Meeks. Also on hand will be former Carolina Panthers player Captain Munnerlyn.

The day will be hosted and run by former NFL player Ko Simpson, a Rock Hill native who now operates youth sports programs for N Zone Sports. Simpson said all the players eagerly agreed to come back and be a part of such a special day.

“We want kids to be able to come to a place and see these guys, have a day with them,” Simpson said. “We have this great wealth of successful players, successful people, and we want young kids to strive to be great at whatever they do.”

In the past decade, national attention has been focused on Rock Hill and its churning out so many NFL players that some call it “Football City, USA.” Yet all those players started out as little kids, striving and hoping and dreaming. The goal is not to turn every kid into an NFL player, but to help instill in those youngsters the attributes of hard work that are required for any path.

The name: “Stars of Tomorrow.”

Simpson, who played for the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions after starring at the University of South Carolina and Rock Hill High School, said the camp is about football, but aims at reinforcing sportsmanship, teamwork, responsibility and other attributes of success.

It is open to ages 5 to 17. Cost is $75 for the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. camp. For details on the camp go to https://nzonesports.com/carolinas/registration, or call 803-792-4034.

Gilmore, an all-pro with the Buffalo Bills, is bringing a jersey to be given away among other items to be handed out. Campers get a T-shirt, lunch, and the unforgettable experience of learning how to rush the passer from Clowney, or defend passes by four great defensive backs.

“Sports taught me a lot about discipline and what it takes to achieve,” Simpson said. “We want the kids to have a great day, learn something and yes – spend the day with these NFL players.”

Want to go?

The Stars of Tomorrow football camp is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11 at Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill, featuring Rock Hill natives and NFL players Jadeveon Clowney, Stephon Gilmore, Johnathan Joseph, Phillip Adams, and Jonathan Meeks. Also on hand will be Simpson’s college teammate and former Carolina Panthers and USC player Captain Munnerlyn. Cost is $75 and includes lunch, short, and more.

For information, visit https://nzonesports.com/carolinas/registration, or call 803-792-4034.

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