St. Landry

Jan 24, 2011 9:26 PM by Maddie Garrett

Pro-football Player Teams Up With Local Schools for Camp

The NFL is coming to Acadiana as part of a special camp for kids in March. Pro-football player Kyries Hebert is heading up the camp as part of his Ky Cares Foundation.

He was born and raised in Eunice, a Ragin Cajun Defensive MVP and an NFL Record Holder. Those who know him say Hebert is more than just a role model.

"I'm even more ecstatic to see Kyries come back to take what he's gained and just pass it on to the youngsters," said Edward Brown with the St. Landry Parish Schools.

Brown was also Hebert's middle school Coach. This spring, he and the St. Landry Parish School Board are working with the former Bengels Player on a special project: The All-Star Football, Cheer and Dance Camp for local kids.

"Home is where the heart is, so I always come and take care of the children who are going through the same things I went through growing up," said Hebert.

There will be some big names at the camp, including Terrell Owens, Roy Williams and former Saints Super Bowl Champ Roman Harper, along with Saints and Hornets Cheerleaders and U-L Dancers.

"They'll get an opportunity to get mentored by some of the greatest athletes in the world basically," said Hebert.

The camp, on March 19th, costs $60 per child. So Hebert met with the School Board Monday to get the schools involved in raising the money.

"I don't turn kids away, we find the money for those kids. So this gives them a way to work for the money themselves by selling raffle tickets," Hebert said.

And for each ticket sold, one dollar will go towards that particular school to be spent on any program they choose. You can find more information on the All-Star Camp, Celebrity Basketball Game and Gala at www.kycaresfoundation.org or email at ky@kycaresfoundation.org.

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