UVA players give back at youth football camp
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- There were some happy campers over the weekend as UVA football players coached at the C’ville Black Knights JDYFL community football camp.
Just two weeks after the conclusion of spring football, UVA players like Tony Muskett, Paul Akere, Cam Butler, Antonio Clary and more all spent their Saturday morning teaching football basics to tiny tacklers. In partnership with Cav Futures Foundation and the Villeage the youth football camp welcomed over 50 young athletes to learn from the best of the best.
"It means the world to be honest with you," said UVA senior quarterback Tony Muskett, "Like I said one of the reasons I came here is because this is my home and so it does mean a lot to come out here and get in the community. Coach E always talks about spending time together outside the facility, so this was one of those opportunities. I don't think there's a way to get closer than giving back to the community, it shows that you all care about a general cause and you're all fighting towards the same thing."
NIL opened the door for this opportunity thanks to Cav Futures Foundation and event organizer Amanda Burns. The University of Virginia alumni-driven collective helps UVA athletes with not just career development and NIL opportunities but provides ways to give back to the community as well.
"When I was a kid growing up, I went to these camps and saw older college guys you helping out at camp and me as a kid I wanted to get to that level so just pouring into these kids everything that I got and help them live their dreams like they want to," said UVA senior safety Antonio Clary.
For others like UVA junior wide receiver Malachi Fields, the day was especially meaningful. The former Monticello football standout remembers going to these JDYFL community camps as a kid himself.
"It's just really cool getting to grow up here and then you know going to school here and getting to come back and pour into these kids and engage with the community and just being around the kids you know having fun, smiling and just being that role model and that person they can look up to."