By: Elizabeth Nickerson
July 27, 2013
Tallahassee, FL--"I grew up in a terrible home in most foster homes I've been treated harshly,and this kinda gives me hope cause I have friends that I communicate with and it just kinda makes me happy," said Shawn, from Corey's Kids Camp.
Kid's like Shawn are thankful for former NFL and Florida State football star Corey Simon.
"These kids have been dealt a bad hand by far and I didn't have the life that they had, but someone else had to pull me aside and be a father figure to me and that is all I'm trying to be for these young people," said Corey Simon, Former FSU and NFL Player.
The kids are part of Corey's kids' and on the last day of their three-day Camp for Champions foster children got to enjoy outdoors day at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center.
The outreach program gives the youth a chance to participate in the great outdoor, athletic and mentoring activities.
Shanita Jackson, a mentor from the program says, "Sharing my story with them and let them know that you can have second a chance to be greater in life."
"It gives kids new experiences and if we experience more we look at other options in our lives.," said Vicky Abrams, from the Department of Children and Families.
Simon has other plans in the works as president of Big Bend Pop Warner.
The football, cheer and dance program put on by the Leon County Parks and Recreation begins August first.