WALLACE, NC (WWAY) — It was back to the gridiron for several area schools today in Bulldog country. But this football camp wasn’t just about x’s and o’s, the athletes learned lessons of character and respect to grow as teammates and people.
“There’s a process involved with success and that’s what we want to communicate,” Camp Founder Jeremiah Castille said. “Part of it is having the right type of character and values. There’s a process with it and you want to develop that as a young person.”
That’s exactly what 800 football stars of tomorrow learned from proven stars in the NCAA and NFL at the third annual Jeremiah Castille Character Camp at Wallace Rose Hill High School.
Among those from seven counties, were Hoggard, Pender, North Brunswick and Ashley High Schools who used today to grow as teams during the early parts of the summer.
“The theme for it is ‘Semper Fidelis’ which means always faithful,” Hoggard Wide Receiver Chris Toudle said. “You can bring that a lot in the leadership factor as well as on the football field. It helps build our character and our chemistry as a team and that’s something we can live by.”
“I think so many of our young people today need that reinforcement,” North Brunswick Head Football Coach Bryan Davis said. “Whether it’s the bad life that they’re living right now, there needs to be some hope in the future so that they can do something about it now in the present.”
In attendance preaching these messages were players from the Clemson and New York Giants football teams. These stars like Dalvin Tomlinson and Kelly Bryant provided experience and credibility to the lessons being taught. They all hoped they could inspire these high school athletes to grow as players and people.
“Life is about working,” New York Giants Lineman Robert Thomas said. “I try to put that on all of them by telling them that anything in life worth having is going to be hard and you have to work to get it.”
“If you put your mind to it, you can do it,” New York Giants Lineman Dalvin Tomlinson said. “You can accomplish anything you can try. You just have to keep at it and don’t give up on it. You have to just grind and if you want to go to play football in college and the next level, you have to have good grades also. You have to come in and work day in and day out like we always preach and you can’t give up.”