SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: Walker, Spence Give Back To Their Community

Larry Blustein
July 03, 2018 - 12:25 pm

Larry Blustein

There are so many things that make south Florida special. 

One of those is the way that our athletes continue to give back – and that is what keeps the spotlight shining on Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Unlike the old days when the offseason meant that there were very few things to do – the landscape has changed. In addition to the many 7-on-7 events that are held, there are also camps – hosted by current National Football League players who began on the streets of south Florida.

Last Saturday, Monsignor Pace High School was the place to be as former Spartan Anthony Walker Jr. teamed up with one time University of Miami star Sean Spence for the “Zero Glory Football Training Camp and Back To School Giveaway”.

With dozens of youngsters, their parents – as well as youth and high school coaches on hand – it was indeed a great event that was FREE and had plenty of quality instruction.

“When Sean and I were kids growing up here in this area, we had both hoped that one day we would be able to do well enough to give back to the community,” said Walker, who went to Northwestern University before being drafted by the Colts last year. “We wanted to be a part of giving back and helping to make a difference.”

Walker was also so thankful to all those who made the event possible - including those at his alma mater.


As the youngsters had a great time, learning and being able to bond with Walker and Spence, they also received first class instruction from NFL players Lamar Miller, Steven Morris, Keyvon Webster, Devin Funchess, Jacoby Brissett and current Colts’ defensive back Quincy Wilson, who grew up in south Florida, attending University School and the University of Florida.

“To have our players come back and give to the community is what this is all about,” said Mario Smith, the one-time Monsignor Pace head coach, who helped to develop players like Walker. “We are so very fortunate to have young men and women of character in our communities that have it in them to want to help make their homes better.”

In addition to first class instruction, the campers also had the opportunity to get backpacks and other back to school items as well as a camp shirt and some delicious pizza.

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