For the fourth year in a row, hundreds of Manatee county kids participated in the Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie football camp. “Anytime you have a turnout like this man it’s a blessing. It just means people want to come out and have fun and that’s always a blessing,” New York Giants cornerback Rodgers-Cromartie said.
The football camp is free of charge because Rodgers-Cromartie wants to give back to the community that helped him when he was growing up. He attended Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton. “I was in the same predicament coming from the same environment and if I can make it out of here, you can. So I want them to see me in the flesh and see what I am doing and see they can do it too,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.
The camp featured several other NFL players that played their high school football right here in the Tampa Bay area, including Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Damian Copeland and Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields. Copeland went to Palmetto High School. Shields attended Booker High School in Sarasota.