PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) — Former Pineville Rebel and current Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cody Ford kicked off his first-ever youth football camp on Saturday. Boys and girls aged 7-17 came to camp to learn from the best.
The youth soccer camp has been in the works for many years and it finally got to happen, with hundreds of kids coming to Pineville High School eager to tie their shoelaces and hit the field to improve their Game.
Ford said he’s thrilled that the time has finally come to be able to give back to the community.
“I woke up and I was like I was ready to get out of the house,” Ford said. “Let’s put this show on the road. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to let these kids have a good time and do something for the community. I hope they have fun today no matter what. The ultimate goal is to try to make a child be like a man, I want to be able to do what he did one day.
49ers running back Trey Sermon and former Baltimore Raven and Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Adrian Ealy were also at camp to teach the kids how to step up their game.
As a former rebel and member of the Pineville community, Ford wanted to give back to the town that has always taken him under its wing.
“It’s a blessing to have Cody back on our campus,” Pineville head football coach Bryant Bell said. “He has a heart as big as his body, and we are extremely lucky to have such a generous alumnus coming back and giving back to the young people in our community, and just to our school in general.”
Many kids look up to Ford because of his accomplishments and the fact that he comes from a small town, and for a Pineville Rebel, camp was just what he needed to up his game.
“I wanted some motivation,” Pineville defensive lineman Kamryn Perry said. “To see someone like him come from Pineville and go to the NFL is crazy.”
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