• Camp 54: Giving back to the community and inspiring young players
By Wayne Parham

Clifton Belton holds a ball up and teaches players how to handle the football during Camp 54. Jasper Brinkley, camp founder, is shown in the background at right. Photo by Wayne Parham.

Jasper Brinkley, now a middle linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, returned home again this year to host a football camp for area youth.
The June 29 camp marked the second year of Camp 54 at Sweetwater Park, in Thomson. This marked the third consecutive year the NFL player has hosted a free one-day camp for young football players. The first year, before it was named Camp 54, he held the same event at the high school.
Brinkley now is a Cardinal and keeps his jersey number — 54. He wore the same number in prior years when he played linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings. As in previous years, Brinkley’s twin brother, Casper Brinkley, and others with coaching and playing experience at the college or pro level came to Thomson to coach the kids.
“I see a lot of the youth that have a lot of hunger and determination. They’re willing to do whatever it takes to be successful,” said Brinkley.

To read more on this story, see the Sun., July 7, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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