LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Still weeks away from the start of football season, the pigskin made a rare offseason appearance at Liberty University’s Williams Stadium as former NFL star Rashad Jennings held his annual youth football camp.
Camp 180, entering its fifth year under the Rashad Jennings Foundation, saw 500 kids take part in various drills on the gridiron, led by Jennings himself.
“It always brings me back to when I was a kid. I didn’t skip being six or seventeen,” Jennings said. “And I remember having all these kind of crazy dreams and desires and wanting to accomplish things. And I remember that because it took a lot of hard work and dedication and redirecting my focus and having to take a 180 in my life, taking ownership and responsibility.”
And in between activities on the field, the LU athletics hall-of-famer managed to sneak in countless photo shoots with fans.
“The little autographs and seeing the smile on their face and taking the time for somebody, I love making people’s day,” Jennings said. “And I’ve been blessed to be in the position where I’ve been able to watch so many smiles on people’s faces.”
The camp is part of a four-day event in Lynchburg, where football is only part of the community-building festivities. Jennings held a round table discussion at E.C. Glass high school on Thursday to address community issues. Then on Friday, a “Date Night” was held where Jennings put his “Dancing with the Stars” experience to use (he won the televised competition in 2017).
On Sunday, the retired running back will host a family festival at Miller Park to close out the four-day event.
For now, Jennings is proud of what he’s accomplished already.
“It’s cool to watch and know that all their dreams are possible too. And I get to be a part of it.”