Bucs DB brings camp to Gwinnett

Photo by Christine Troyke

Photo by Christine Troyke

Larry Asante doesn't have any direct ties to Gwinnett. He's from Virginia, played college football in Kansas and Nebraska and currently is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back.

But he's found the county to be an ideal base for his inaugural Faith and Football Camp, a three-day event that offers young players guidance from NFL players in both football and Christianity.

Asante got to the area through one of his former Coffeyville Community College teammates, Dacula grad Dre Gibbs. He calls Gibbs his "spiritual mother," and she is helping him get this year's event off the ground.

"I wanted a way to get in front of the kids and introduce Christ to the kids," Asante said. "The only way I knew of doing that is with football. Mixing faith and football. ... I just want kids to get in touch with their spiritual side. I want them to know if you have the Lord on your side, you can do anything."

The three-day event begins Friday, June 17, at Suwanee's Wellness Performance Institute, where Asante is training this offseason. That evening session is followed by Saturday and Sunday football work at Mountain View High School.

Asante has enlisted a pack of NFL players, as well as Mountain View's coaches, to serve as camp instructors. The group includes former Texas and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

Each camper will receive a Bible that the NFL players will sign along with their favorite verse. Former NFL player Tony Jones will deliver a Sunday sermon prior to the football camp.

"Coming from an NFL athlete, kids might listen to us more than they'll listen to their parents," Asante said.

For more information the camp or to register, go to www.faithandfootballinc.com.