Fluellen, however, said he was nervous prior to the camp’s start despite hosting the camp for a few years now.
“I feel like I’m playing a game,” he said. “It’s just excitement because I want everything to run smoothly. You know, this is my baby.”
Brown, who went from Cartersville High to fame at Auburn and the NFL, said it felt great to be back at his alma mater — trying to be an inspiration to the youth and showing them that success can come out of a “small town” like Cartersville.
He also said he could see the competition in the campers.
“They get in that competitive mode and you get to see it. You know it’s good because you know they’re enjoying themselves, at the same time, but it’s giving them a little edge,” said Brown.
The camp was filled with drills to help teach the younger campers the fundamentals of football and other drills to better the skills of the older campers.
Helping to coach the camp were other professional football players as well as college players. Former Auburn star Jason Campbell, now with the Cleveland Browns, was one of the athletes in attendance and discussed how he, too, has organized a youth camp to help give back to his community.
“When we were kids, I remember going to Steve McNair camps,” he said of the late Tennessee Titans star. “We grew up in the same area of Mississippi and it just drove me to want to get to where he was at, so hopefully these kids can see the aspect of where we come from.”
While the camp focused on bettering the football skills of the campers, Brown, Campbell and Fluellen all agreed getting an education and working hard were the most important lessons for campers to take away from the camp and their interactions with the pros.
Clarke called the event “amazing” and “a little overwhelming.”
“After all the hard work and dedication that me and my ProWorthy Global team have put into this, it’s just great to see it all come to life,” Clarke said of the company which organized the event.
“Andre and Ronnie have been awesome so with their help and the help of our sponsors, it’s going to be a great day,” said Clarke just after the camp began.
Clarke said she wanted to thank the official sponsors, Cartersville-based Meadows Heating and Air and Cici’s Pizza.