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June 28, 2013

Thomas Camp welcomes tons of happy faces

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WEST ORANGE —

“I love seeing those smiles on those little faces, they really soak things in and want to learn,” said Thomas. “It’s also great to see  a lot of my old high school teammates and friends and former Mustang players that come out here and are willing to help. A lot of good people put tremendous effort into this and I’m so thankful.”

Registration started as early as 7 a.m. Friday. Thomas spoke to the campers and parents in the WO-S practice gym then the kids headed out for the group picture that covered an entire section on the home side of Dan Hooks Stadium. At 9:30 a.m., all of them hit the field.

Campers were all put through “the ringer”, learning position drills and speed work along with team competitions.

WO-S Athletic Director Cornel Thompson was eating up every second seeing all the kids flock to the high school.

“It really is amazing, they organize this thing so well,” said Thompson. “Close to 500 kids are in attendance and that’s incredible,” said Thompson. “It just seems like Earl was running around here at their age, time sure does fly by. Earl is a tremendous young man who has earned everything he’s achieved. It’s really great to see Earl come back to his community and really inspire a lot of young kids.”

Thompson also had a big dream.

“The entire Seattle Seahawks secondary is here, they sure would look great in Mustang uniforms.”

Former WO-S standout Roy Locks was also instructing campers. Locks, who will be coaching at Beaumont Central next season, was really enjoying the morning.

“What’s really great is to see those kids with wide eyes when they approach some of these NFL guys,” said Locks. “It’s really great what Earl is doing here and it’s tremendous for the community. He’s just the type of guy that loves to give back.”

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