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Area NFL stars to host children's camp

Giving back has been Ben Watson's theme since he got to the NFL four seasons ago.

Watson, a star tight end at Northwestern High School and Georgia, will be in town next weekend for his next venture. He will host a two-hour youth football clinic in association with ROAR Sports at the organization's Westminster Park on Indian Hook Road near the Catawba River Dam.

The event is in conjunction with the One More foundation started by Watson and his wife, Kirsten. Their first event in Rock Hill was after Super Bowl XLII, when Watson was joined in an autograph session with former Rock Hill High and current Tennessee Titans defensive back Chris Hope to raise money for the Charlotte Avenue YMCA. Watson and his wife presented the Y with a $10,000 check.

"I feel good about coming back and helping where I can,'' Watson said. "It's something that was instilled by my parents. Through our One More foundation, my wife and I are reaching out and spreading the blessings we received.

"Whether we come to help or come to speak, we want to stay involved in the Rock Hill community. It's where my family lives and where I went to high school."

Watson will conduct the youth clinic from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Earlier this year, Watson was considering bringing some of his New England teammates to help out with the clinic, but decided against it.

Instead, he will ask Rock Hill's other local NFL players -- Hope, Cincinnati's Johnathan Joseph and Buffalo's Ko Simpson -- if they are available.

"Right now, it's just me, myself and I,'' Watson said. "I figured not to bring guys down for two hours. Maybe we can do it for a weekend next year and get some of my teammates involved. From what I understand, 100 kids have already signed up.''

Later that day at 6 p.m., Watson will host the Ben Watson Guy's Night Out at Westminster Catawba Christian School.

"It's free and open to any male over 18 years old,'' Watson said. "I'm going to be speaking and we have a couple of other people who will share their testimonies. I'll be talking about my life, faith and football.

"We have not reached the limit, so anyone who wants to attend should sign up. We'll provide free Subway sandwiches, chips and drinks.''

To register for either event, go to roarsports.org.

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