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NFL players host third annual youth camp at alma mater
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NFL defensive tackle Andre Fluellen stands in the stadium of his alma mater, Cartersville High School.
NFL defensive tackle Andre Fluellen stands in the stadium of his alma mater, Cartersville High School.
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San Diego Chargers running back Ronnie Brown and NFL defensive tackle Andre Fluellen are set to host their third annual youth football camp June 22 at the place where they began their football careers: Cartersville High School.

The one-day camp is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and is free of charge. The camp is limited to the first 200 who register.

Registration is done through Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department at Dellinger Park or online at www.cityofcartersville.org.

Brown and Fluellen host this camp every year to give back to the youth of their hometown, but Fluellen mentioned another explanation for the camp.

“Me and Ronnie still think we’re just big kids…We have this joke about who looks younger,” he said.

Fluellen said last year’s camp was successful with 150 participants, but he would like even more this year.

“Hopefully there will be more kids involved and more players involved and we’ll have different awards given out to the standout kids,” said Fluellen.

At the 2012 camp, autographed footballs were given the top two outstanding players in each age group.

While it is a football camp, it is open to young girls as well.

In fact, Fluellen said one of the girls present last year inspired him as she was not intimidated by the boys.

“One of the girls was one of the best of the camp…That was one of the highlights of the camp for me,” Fluellen said.

Fluellen said new special guests who may make appearances this year include Carlos Rogers (San Francisco 49ers), Jason Campbell (Cleveland Browns), Sammie Hill (Tennessee Titans), Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) and Channing Crowder (retired from Miami Dolphins).

According to Fluellen, with the success of last year’s camp along with the hard work of Camp Director Nakia Clarke, there are more sponsors for the camp this year, including Meadows Heating & Air, Cici's Pizza, Cartersville McDonald’s, Disney on Ice, Arby’s and more.

With so many new sponsors, Fluellen recalled having to pay for the first camp out of his pocket.

“We had some sponsors, but not a lot,” he recalled.

However, Fluellen said, he and Brown still use some of their own resources to make the camp “as enjoyable as possible.”

With the growth of the camp, Fluellen also mentioned the addition of a new element to the camp that may get more girls to participate.

“Some time in the future we want to make it a two-day camp and we want to put cheerleading in it,” he said.
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