Tailon Leitzsey gives back with free football camp for kids


(WCIA) – Illinois cornerback Tailon Leitzsey knows firsthand what hard work can do – go from a person living in his car to a stock market. So when Leitzsey was concerned about an increase in crime in the Champaign-Urbana community, he didn’t want to sit on the sidelines.

“I wanted to do something about it, and what could be better than doing something that I love,” Leitzy said. “I know for a fact that at least 160 children have registered. I’m just excited to be working with and interacting with all of the kids.

The free Orange and Blue Camp gave children the chance to learn the game from over a dozen current Illinis. Getting help from his teammates didn’t take a lot of conviction from Leitzsey.

“For Champaign, the community, they support us. It was just that we were supporting them, ”said defensive lineman Owen Carney.

“I know they admire us, just showing them we’re normal,” Williams says. “We are like them and whatever they dream of is possible.”

“I’m ready for the kids to feel comfortable and open up and then they start talking to us loudly,” said defensive lineman Rod Perry. “Like they’re ready to start competing with us.”

New rules of name, image and likeness are already starting to benefit players of all varsity sports, including Leitzsey. Chicago auto insurance company Clearcover has already signed a $ 10,000 contract with the senior corner. Even with her newfound recognition, Leitzsey is still focused on working and helping her community.

“We’re really doing this for the kids,” Leitzsey says. “Give them the opportunity to be around us and that we teach them something. And they teach us too.

Illini’s players have not finished giving back. Next Saturday, Donny Navarro will also be hosting his own free wide receivers camp.

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