UNION COUNTY — A former Clemson Tiger football player will return to Union County next month to host a football camp with a staff comprised entirely of former pro and collegiate football players.
Kyle Browning played Yellow Jacket football until he graduated in 2001. As a Jacket, he was part of the 1999 and 2000 state championship teams, as well as being named All-State and playing in the Shrine Bowl. Browning went on to play at Clemson and was part of four bowl teams, and Tigers and Yellow Jackets fans still mention his memorable touchdown in the Peach Bowl. After college, he also played arena football in West Virginia.
Last year, he was inducted into the Union County Athletic Hall of Fame.
Browning graduated from Clemson in the spring of 2006 with a degree in business management, and he currently resides in Atlanta where he works in logistics as a transportation operations manager with with McLane Foodservice Distribution Center.
Since graduation, Browning said he has mentioned to former teammates the idea of hosting a camp in his hometown, and that idea will come to fruition next month.
“For a couple years I’ve been wanting to do something to give back to where I came from,” Browning said. “We never had this growing up, as far as college athletes and pro athletes being able to come back and speak to us. I want to give guys an idea that you can make it out of the situation or town that you’re in.”
Browning said he decided to make the camp happen, and he talked to former teammates and friends about helping. He said they were all in.
Browning will host the Black & Gold Football Camp in conjunction with the Union County Recreation Department from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Union County Stadium.
The camp will be for ages 6-18. Participants will be split into age groups, with the level of skill and detail depending on the age group.
Browning will be joined by several coaches who all played at the collegiate level, some of whom went on to play professionally in the NFL or arena leagues. The staff will include Tye Hill (St. Louis Rams), Airese Currie (Chicago Bears), Leroy Hill (Seattle Seahawks), Maurice Fountain (Philadelphia Eagles), Roscoe Crosby (Indianapolis Colts), Rashad Jackson (Clemson), Jonas Scott (Catawba), Derrick Hamilton (San Francisco 49ers), Reggie Merriweather (Clemson), Charles Brandon (Newberry) and DJ Humphries (Presbyterian).
“I didn’t want to just get anybody who I played with,” Browning said. “I wanted to get some guys who actually went to college — and not only went to college — but actually got a college degree. That’s a main thing at the camp, too. I do want to have names that the kids will be happy to able to meet — former NFL players — but some of these guys can actually share their backgrounds they came from.”
The camp will also award The Black & Gold Football Camp Scholarship to a deserving senior at the conclusion of the camp. Scholarship applications are available at Union County High School. The scholarship will be for a full-time student at any two- or four-year school.
Sponsorships so far for the camp are Midway Barbeque, Dairi-O, Bantam Chef, PET milk and United Way of the Piedmont. Browning said anyone who would like to donate or sponsor may still do so by emailing BlackandGoldFBCamp@gmail.com.
For more information about the camp, visit the website www.BlackandGoldFBCamp.com.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or email@example.com.