Yes, the word is out and the News-Telegram is naming names on some of the football players who will be in attendance at Saturday's second annual Damione Lewis football camp in support of the local Boys and Girls Club.Teammates from the Carolina Panthers, to which Lewis is currently a defensive tackle, that will make the trek are running back DeCori Birmingham, tight end Dante Rosario, kicker Rhys Lloyd, defensive tackle Gary Gibson, linebacker Na'il Diggs; tight end Bubba Franks, from the Jets just to name a few football stars.
Others that Lewi, will be hosting, supplying hotel rooms and airfare, are Detroit Lions running back Aveion Cason, New Orleans Saints linebacker Dan Morgan, Denver Broncos linebacker Nate Webster, Arizona Rattler offensive/defensive lineman Chad Pegues, New Orleans Saints defensive back Jerametrius Butler, Chicago Bears tackle Frank Omiyale, Western Carolina defensive lineman Charles Johnson.
Lewis went to The University of Miami after graduating from Sulphur Springs in 1996. Some in attendance are players that Lewis met during his time as a Miami Hurricane. He has extended his invitation to several others that have not confirmed acceptance as of printing deadline. Lewis feels the camp is his way of giving back to his hometown and the youth.
On Friday night, Lewis will be available for autographs as well as a live auction with items donated specifically by Lewis at the Boys and Girls Club, located at the old Houston Elementary School campus on College Street. The hot ticket live auction item will be four tickets to the Cowboys versus Carolina Panthers football game at the new stadium in Arlington that will include VIP passes to be on the sidelines during pregame and warm-up activities of the nationally televised game scheduled on Monday, Sept. 28.
The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the James Cameron Memorial Practice Fields at the Sulphur Springs High School. Like the first camp, each boy who attends (that is registered) will receive a free T-shirt, but this year, they'll also take home a $30 Nike bag filled with all manner of goodies.
Last year was the first time Lewis provided his hometown youth this opportunity.
This year, the Boys and Girls Club is hoping for 400 boys in attendance on Saturday.
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