On Saturday, Haitian-American Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander hosted his first annual youth football camp before heading to the Viking’s open training camp next week.
L’union Suite was on the field trying to keep up as the Immokalee native drafted out of Clemson this spring put on a free youth football camp during the day, followed by a charity basketball game to benefit the Greater Naples YMCA later that night.
The 4 hour “Mackensie Alexander and Friends Rising Stars” Football Camp hosted at Gulf Coast High School’s practice field, alongside almost 300 kids focus on proper footwork, drills and one on ones with a few of the players.
“I was a kid once, too,” Alexander said. “I didn’t have this. I wanted to give (the kids) someone to look at, someone in the community, as motivation. That’s big for them.”
The “and friends” part of Alexander camp included a few of his NFL player friends and some former Immokalee stars turned Division I college players who came out to help him teach kids Saturday.
Haitian-American Vikings linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and New England Patriots defensive back Justin Coleman were there. Mackenro Alexander, Mackensie’s twin brother and rising junior defensive back at Iowa State, also helped. J.C. Jackson, who will play his first season at Maryland after transferring from a junior college, was there. Former University of Miami standout Javarris James, Edgerrin’s cousin who played one year in the NFL, also coached the camp.
The camp was part of Alexander’s day of giving back to Southwest Florida. After putting on the camp for the kids, Alexander participated in a celebrity basketball game at the Greater Naples YMCA on Saturday night.
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