More than 300 Maryland children joined Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain at Reisterstown Regional Park for his free annual Football & Fitness Clinic on Saturday afternoon.
McClain teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake for the fun filled day in effort to teach the kids football skills as well as life lessons.
“It is amazing, Julie Bates and Cedric Lowe along with Big Brothers Big Sisters always do a good job of having a great turnout. It is good to see these kids out here working instead of being in the house.” Remarked McClain when asked about the biggest camp yet by Team McClain.
Joining McClain with instructing the children through various football skills and drills were several area football coaches and Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Don “Wink” Martindale.
The kids were thrilled when several of McClain’s teammates including Michael Oher, Arthur Jones, Bryan Hall, Terrence Cody and former Raven Dannell Ellerbe were on hand to cheer them on during the drills.
“I really believe in kids in being active. In today’s world with all these Playstations and Xboxes kids want to stay in the house so it is real important to workout. It is really great to have football camps for the kids so they can come out and get ready for their own seasons,” stated Ravens tackle Michael Oher about the importance of this football camp.
During McClain’s childhood there were periods of homelessness during which he, his mother and three siblings lived at a Salvation Army rescue center in Philadelphia, PA.
“You’d just have nights where food was a figment of your stomach’s imagination, where you would go to bed hungry,” McClain recalled.
The day was a wonderful success for Team McClain and the many kids who not only received valuable football information but learned from one of the greatest stories in the NFL today.
Baltimore is lucky to have him not just on the field but off the field as well.
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