A John Tyler Lion turned Baltimore Raven hosts an ETX football camp
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyus Bowser of Tyler, and current linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, spent the day giving back to his community.
The John Tyler Alum hosted a free football camp at his alma mater, Saturday.
The camp was designed for children between the ages of six through eighteen.
Bowser says this camp was important to him for many reasons, including what was done for him when he attended school at John Tyler.
"We had people come here to help us out and do camps for us. So that really helped me out growing up, being able to work with them as far as drills, like we're doing now. I just wanted to do that for these guys too, especially now days in 2018 when technology is taking over. These guys are always on the game so I wanted to get them out on the field," Bowser said.
Throughout the course of the camp, children participated in numerous drills which were led by several community members. Kilton McCracken was one of them.
"I always look for opportunities to work with young kids and pour back into them. Give them things that I was given and things that I wasn't given", said McCracken.
The 23-year-old, also had help from his High School teammates; Greg Ward Jr. of the Philadelphia Eagles, Fred Ross of the Carolina Panthers and Justice Liggins of the Los Angeles Chargers. Bowser said it was important for him to have them at the camp because of their chemistry and their family bond.
"We wanted to show the kids that you never know, one of these guys you go to school with, y'all could have a lifetime friendship like we have. You can push each other and motivate each other to get to the level that you want to be," said Bowser.
Angelique Smith said she brought her son to the camp because of what it might teach him.
"For one, he's going on 12-years-old and it is necessary for them to learn the skills they need to learn not just for sports but getting to interact with other children. They need it... They need to get out," Smith said.
Bowser says in order to succeed, you have to make sacrifices.
"Even if it's not football. If you want to be a doctor or a firefighter or whatever, you have to make sacrifices and put in the extra time to come out here and do what you want to do to get to where you want to be," Bowser said.
McCracken says that Bowser is the perfect example of what these kids should be, as far as his personality.
"I think the greatest thing about Tyus is he is teachable, and if these kids can get that understanding that they always need to be in a position where they want to learn more, I think the sky is the limit for them too," McCracken said.
Bowser hopes his camp left a lasting impact on each child that participated.
"Just knowing that they had the opportunity to get better, learn something from this and bring it with them throughout their careers... To help them get to where we are now. "
Bowser said we should "absolutely" expect more camps in the future.