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Pros give time to aid young players

Sacrifice is not something every person can do effortlessly, but Atlanta Falcons defensive end Chauncey Davis has been giving up his time to the youth of the Atlanta area for the past four years.

Davis, along with fellow Falcon Jonathan Babineaux and former Baltimore Raven and Atlanta native Daniel Wilcox instructed 300 athletes on the intricacies of the game of football last weekend at Decatur High School. The group of pros joined DTLR, an urban clothing retailer, to host a free football clinic for athletes entering grades 8-12.

Davis is from Auburndale, Fla., but he said he does not care where he helps athletes.

“If we can reach one of these kids and make him understand that this is bigger than football, then we did our jobs,” Davis said. “This is about the grades, and this is about them making sure they have a backup plan because football may not work for them."

“I am not from here, but that doesn’t matter because people need help everywhere.”

Davis said the camp will offer the athletes advice on how to deal with the recruiting process, as well as information about how to do well in school and on the ACT and SAT tests.

Davis said he wants to help the athletes in the Atlanta community, and a free camp is the best way to do that.

“A lot of these kids would not get the opportunity to experience something like this otherwise,” Davis said. “We try to do all the different drills these kids will see in high school and college so that by the time they get there they will already know the drills.”

Davis has been working with Wilcox, a Decatur High alum, for the past four years at various camps. He said Wilcox was excited to instruct at a camp at his alma mater.

“Daniel is a great guy,” Davis said. “It has been a great four years of knowing him. You don’t meet too many guys like Daniel."

Camp participants performed agility drills, offensive and defensive fundamentals broken down by position and seven-on-seven passing drills. A free lunch was included.

DTLR Community Outreach Manager Sherri Goodall said the company puts aside a portion of its sales every year to fund the free camps.

DTLR is a Baltimore-based chain of urban clothing stores with stores in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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