Hundreds of at-risk boys in California had an opportunity on Saturday to learn about football skills and life from some former National Football League (NFL) and National College Athletic Association (NCAA) stars – as it is hoped that the event help keep them off the streets and lead them to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
For more than a decade, Prison Fellowship has been hosting the Angel Tree Football Clinic for boys in the Bay Area, but for the first time, they are partnering with the Northern California chapter of the NFL Alumni Association.
More than 200 at-risk kids spent the day with 45 former NFL players and former college stars – having fun, sharpening their skills and learning valuable character and life lessons during the clinic.
Prison Fellowship’s Joe Avila, says that many boys attending don’t even have a father figure at home.
“You see these kids with these men, and they want their autograph, but not only their autograph – they just want to hang with them,” Avila explained. “They want to hang with them as long as they can. You see that, and it’s just totally amazing.”
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