The City of Opa-locka Mayor and Commission, in partnership with the Parks & Recreation Department, welcomed NFL Buffalo Bills #9 quarterback Thaddeus Lewis as he, and friends, conducted another summer of “Off-Season Training, Development Skills and Enhancement,” during the 2nd Annual FOOTBALL & CHEERLEADING CLINIC, beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Sherbondy Village Park, 390 Bahman Avenue in “The Great” City of Opa-locka.
Lewis, who is originally from the City of Opa-locka, returned home for the second year in a row to sponsor the camp, where he, #84 wide receiver of the Pittsburg Steelers, Antonio Brown, Sophomore running back #8 of the University of Miami, Duke Johnson and coaches from the Optimist Club, trained boys, grades 5th – 8th, in the football camp, while girls of all ages participated in the cheerleading clinic!
Park Director Charles Brown, Assistant Director Lorenzo Laidler and Lead Supervisor Zonya Ray, all expressed appreciation toward Lewis for the hope and inspiration he instills in the youth of Opa locka. Lewis not only helps the youth enhance their skills, but he is an example of the endless possibilities there are, as a result of maintaining focus, discipline and commitment while working hard, on and off the field. “Statistics prove that most people who want to become NFL players will not make it into the league, but, “ Lewis said, “… I believes the Football Clinic extends their options and helps them understand the importance of education, character and good behavior.” Lewis is also a prime example of how reaching back into the community can alter many lives for the better!