Players with the San Francisco 49ers have been making headlines for all of the right reasons this off-season. Each week there seems to be a new headline with a 49ers player hosting a charity event or lobbying Congress for a good cause.
The trend of the 49ers giving back to their communities continued with linebacker Navorro Bowman hosting his first football camp on Saturday. Bowman is hosting the camp in his hometown of District Heights, MD. The 2012 Pro Bowler always envisioned giving back to his community someday, saying:
For someone who comes from the area they’re being brought up in and made it to the NFL — that’s a lot of kids dreams out here. That’s what we do out here — we play basketball, we play football – we play all types of sports. And when we start playing them, we really want to make it to the top level. For me to come back and give back like this, and put smiles on their faces and to just show them we’re real people. It’s not special individuals that get chosen — you have to put the work in.
Bowman hopes to host the camp each year for kids ranging from 5-14 years old. He also received some help at the camp from fellow Niner players Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis and Anthony Dixon. Here is a picture at the camp from Vernon Davis’ Instagram account.
Bowman on getting kids motivated to go outside:
It was hard, it was a struggle. It’s a time period where the kids around here – they don’t go outside anymore, they don’t play games with other kids. They’re stuck in the house playing video games. For them to come out here, run around and just meet NFL players and just have a good time it’s just a great thing for us.