WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July
24, 2010) - While the William and Mary
football team is scheduled to report to fall camp in just a little more than two
weeks, a number of Tribe players have balanced their summer classes and
workouts by volunteering in the local community recently.
During the course of three days this
week, seven Tribe players met with hundreds of area youth participating in York
County and James City County summer recreation programs. As part of the events,
W&M players talked about the importance of working hard both in the
classroom as well as on the field and what it takes to be successful in both
areas. Additionally, Tribe players demonstrated position drills with volunteers
and concluded with question-and-answer sessions. A few lucky participants were
also given souvenir mini Tribe footballs.
Nearly 200 kids grades K-7 from the York
County Parks and Recreation Summer Fun Program participated in Tuesday's event
at Queens Lake Middle School. Approximately 80 more youths from the James City
County Parks and Recreation Summer programs participated in similar events at
Rawls Byrd and Toano later in the week.
"It sparks curiosity and community
involvement," said Reggie Jones, camp counselor and Bruton High School
assistant head football coach. "You get young kids idolizing men with a
positive outlook. It gives them hope. It makes them feel good, and it shows
Tribe players who took part in the
community outreach programs included Wes Steinman, Evan Francks, Dante Cook,
Mike Salazar, Garreth Hissong, Meltoya Jones, Chris Johnson and Ryan Smith.
Ranked as high as No. 1 nationally in the
preseason polls, the Tribe will open the 2010 season when it plays at
Massachusetts on Sept. 4.