By Fatima Magana '22
ALLIANCE, OH- This summer, three Mount Union student-athletes hosted their own free football camps back in their hometowns to give back to the communities that watched them grow up and have supported their dreams and goals.
Treyon Davis '24 and Anthony “Deuce” Parker '24, rising juniors, worked together to host their free football camp in Ludowici, Georgia. Verquatice “Duke” Hill '23, a rising senior, organized his free football camp which he led with three other Mount Union students in Memphis, Tennessee.
Davis, a management major and entrepreneurship and business administration double minor wishes to one day be a business owner like his mother, who inspired him with her work ethic in owning her own beauty supply store and salon.
“We both are very known in our hometowns as role models and leaders; our communities are a huge support system for us,” said Davis.
As he also would like to play in the National Football League one day like his brother, Davis wanted to share his dream with younger boys ages six through 14 by hosting the football camp.
Davis indicated that roughly 60 youth athletes participated in the camp and he and Parker intend to host the camp annually.
Hill, a sport business major and leadership minor, also wishes to one day play professional football, however, he would like to work with the business aspect of the sport for a professional team after he is done playing.
“My dad coaches little league and while I’m home I usually help him out sometimes,” Hill said. “So I came up with the idea to host a free football camp in my neighborhood to give back most of the knowledge I have gained playing football.”
Hill added that by hosting the football camp, he wanted to interact with the kids in his neighborhood with something they can all relate to: liking football. “Everyone who attended received a free t-shirt and they were provided with sack lunches,” said Hill.
Hill further explained that without the help of his teammates and friends, Deandre Parker '23, Taizhun Chisolm '23 and Orreon Finley '22, who are also Mount Union student-athletes, the football camp would not have been a success.