SPECIAL TO THE COURIER
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ newly signed wide receiver Louis Murphy, Jr. will host his seventh First Down for Life charity weekend in his hometown of St. Petersburg from July 10-12.
Murphy has invited many of his fellow pro playing friends in the NFL, NBA and entertainment industry. The now, three-day weekend event will include the First Downs 4 Life cheerleading and football camps, Circle of Life teen summit and community clean up, all-star gala and Hooping 4 Success celebrity basketball game.
The donation for a black-tie gala is $60 per person. Tickets for a Friday night basketball game are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Saturday’s football and cheerleading camp at Lakewood High Jr. Spartans Sports Complex) is free for participants.
Dream come true
Murphy, who founded the camp while a senior and captain on the University of Florida 2008 BCS National Championship team, said, “I am so elated to be home. I’ve dreamt of playing for my city for a long time and now it’s here. I want nothing more than to impact this community by continuously giving back. God has blessed me and I want to be a blessing to others.”
In 2009, during his rookie year with the Oakland Raiders, Murphy won the coveted “Jim Plunkett Player of the Year Award” for his leadership. Murphy has been extremely active within the St. Petersburg and Bay Area communities.
He often spends time speaking at local schools and appearing at community events. In the last two months, he has visited a number of local schools.
About First Downs 4 Life
The event was born out of the vision of a father and son – Louis Murphy, Jr. and his father, Louis Murphy, Sr., pastor of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist in St. Petersburg in honor of their late mother/wife Filomena Murphy, who succumbed to cancer in 2008.
Mrs. Murphy was known for her diligent work with troubled youth for nearly two decades. The All-Star Football Camp is a free, intensive training program that focuses in equal measure on the technical skill of the sport and the personal skill needed to succeed in life.
The camp has trained nearly 2,600 youth since 2009, with skills training by Florida Elite Workout and motivational talks by top pro athletes.
Camp registration, tickets for the basketball game and more information about First Downs 4 Life is available at www.firstdownsfl.org.