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Jameis Winston returns to Tallahassee to help lead youth camp, charitable events

Via Orlando Sentinel

Jameis Winston has made a few trips back to Florida State since he left the Seminoles after the 2014 season, but his visit on Saturday was a bit different.

The former FSU and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was back in Tallahassee this weekend to volunteer at the inaugural Elite Championship Camp on Florida State’s campus.

The event, which was organized by Richard Terrell Rabb, saw 200 middle school students participate in a free-of-charge football skills camp which saw them get tips and football advice from current NFL and FSU players.

Winston, a massive figure in Tallahassee, is a longtime family friend of Raab, spearheading the volunteer effort both ahead of and during Saturday’s event.

Winston took the time to take pictures with and hand out gear to each of the campers at the end of Saturday’s session.

He was also very hands-on during the camp itself, working with the kids in the huddle and playing all over the field, even throwing passes to some of the wide receivers.

“Just him being himself, being a leader,” Rabb said of Winston. “Since I’ve known him in fifth grade, he’s been a natural-born leader.”

In addition to the camp, Winston and Rabb hosted a dinner for homeless veterans in Tallahassee Friday and Winston will also be hosting an autograph session on Sunday.

“That’s Jameis,” Former FSU and current Jacksonville Jaguar receiver Rashad Greene said. “Same person that I met in college is the same person now as a professional. . . . When you get a guy like that on the platform that he is on, it’s going to do great things for a lot of kids.”

The Heisman Trophy winner helped recruit current and former FSU football players to assist with the camp Saturday. The list included Greene, Ronald Darby and Nick O’Leary of the Buffalo Bills, former Seminole Derrick Mitchell and current FSU players Derrick Nnadi, Matthew Thomas, Fred Jones and Ro’Derrick Hoskins.

“The reason that I asked my teammates to come back is because we care about the city of Tallahassee. We care about improving our youth,” Winston said. “We know that if we can improve our youth and make an impact on them that will sustain and will allow them to be the new youth, we know that our world will change.”

Nnadi was happy to help.

“I know it’s going to help the kids out in the long run,” he said. “For players like me in college and Jameis in the pros, giving some type of pointers to these kids is going to push them up to the next level just like that.”

At the conclusion of Saturday’s camp, Winston urged the participants to focus on what it takes to be the best.

“You have to make the decision if you want to be regular or if you want to separate yourself,” Winston said. “Control your thoughts. If you control your thoughts, you will control your words. If you can control your words, you will control your actions.

“Everyone knows your actions speak way louder than your words.”



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