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NFL player and Wilmington native teaches football fundamentals to kids

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Jay Ross spent Saturday teaching kids the basics of football. Jay Ross spent Saturday teaching kids the basics of football.
19-month-old Gavan Jenkins and his mother Alexis attend the football camp. 19-month-old Gavan Jenkins and his mother Alexis attend the football camp.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - NFL star and Wilmington native Jay Ross spent part of his Saturday teaching kids the fundamentals of football.

"I never really had anybody like that growing up as far as NFL guys here and I know how it important it is for them to have someone like myself that's from here to look up to. That's why I enjoy doing it," Ross said.

This is the third year the Buffalo Bills' defensive tackle hosted a free football clinic for kids outside the Martin Luther King Center.

"A lot of kids are limited because their families can't afford to pay so I want to do this free so there's no excuse for any parent not to bring their kids out here," he said.

The camp is designed for kids from 5 years old to 18. But, some that came out were even younger. Gavan Jenkins is almost two and was throwing the football around with the big boys.

"The football was the first thing ever in his hands so he really has no other choice," Gavan's mother, Alexis Jenkins, said. "He loves football, the family loves football, football is our thing."

"There's some two- and three-year-olds out here and we're finding something for them to do too," Ross said. "So it's just all about having fun as a child."

Alexis said her son will attend the camp for years to come.

"Every year he'll be out here, especially when he turns five. He'll be out here participating. Otherwise, with him being that comfortable, he'll be out here a little earlier," she said.

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