Kansas City Chiefs rookie Kendrick Lewis will be helping out one of his former coaches — Terry Wilson — at the brand new Gulf Coast Sports Academy, a series of summer football camps, clinics and combines geared to help players have a shot at playing in college.
“I decided to do this Gulf Coast Sports Academy because I figured it was needed since Hurricane Katrina, ” said Wilson, who was a member of the 1981 Division I-AA national championship team at Idaho State, where he was a teammate of Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis.
“There were a lot of our kids who weren’t really doing anything. And I wanted to bring our kids back together and teach them about sportsmanship, teach them about dedication, teach them the importance of education, teach them to stay out of trouble and just have something for them to do.”
Wilson also said he is bringing back several of his former O.P. Walker athletes to help at the camp, including San Diego Chargers receiver Buster Davis, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis and Kansas City Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis.
“It’s always good when you bring former players back because what it shows is that they are giving back to the community, ” Wilson said. “It means a lot because it shows that they do care and that they are still tied to their community.”
It’s never a surprise when a Chiefs player is giving back to the community considering all of the work that the franchise does in the Kansas City area. But Lewis knows first hand how hard it was for athletes in the Gulf area following Katrina. He was forced to catch on with a team in Georgia to realize his dream, something all athletes weren’t able to do.
Great job giving back by Lewis.