WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT)- It was a great day in Washington, NC as former East Carolina football players that reached the NFL were able to host a youth camp to teach kids of all ages the tools of the trade.
Terrance Copper, a former ECU standout and NFL player, got his start here in Beaufort County and hosted the event.
He said he worked hard to get where he is and he knows all too well how being from a small town can make the transition difficult.
His hope is that by partnering with the other football players and the Washington Police Department, he can pass on his knowledge and skills to motivate kids.
“All those things are the things they’re going to run into,” Copper said. “When you’re playing sports whether it’s high school, whether it’s college.”
The camp challenged young players agility and skill, but local kids said this camp gives them hope of a brighter future.
Kevin Moore, a participant of the camp, said, “People tell me that nobody in Washington can do nothing…but, well to me…Washington is like really…you really can achieve something in your life and these people that were from here went to the NFL so that tells me that I can go to the NFl when I get older.”
Copper’s reaction to being a role mmodel and having kids look up to him was, “That is our goal. We want kids to understand that it doesn’t matter where you’re from. You can be whatever you want to be no matter where you’re from. Big town, small town, you can do it.”
Another former NFL player who helped coach the camp said kids don’t realize how beneficial events like this are.
“When I came along, we never had stuff like this,” said Jason Horton.
“So for us to be here and give back and help these kids out, they don’t know…YET…how important it is.”
Copper and the police department of Washington plan to continue to host these camps in the future.