CENTRAL, S.C. — Daniel High School graduates and former Clemson football standouts Jarvis Jenkins and DeAndre Hopkins teamed up a few years ago to start a Daniel High School youth football camp.
On Friday, Jenkins and Hopkins — along with Daniel alumni and former Clemson defensive linemen DeShawn Williams and Shaq Lawson — returned home for the third annual Alumni Football Camp at Daniel High.
Approximately 515 kids from ages 8 to 15 participated in the camp.
“We were like, we have to get a camp started. We can’t keep going in and not giving back to the community,” Jenkins recalled of a conversation he had with Hopkins. “So it started with me and him, and as soon as we did our first camp, that’s when Shaq got drafted. Shaq joined and then DeShawn came.”
Jenkins played with the Kansas City Chiefs for the final seven games of the 2016 season before being re-signed by the franchise in March. The second-round selection by the Washington Redskins in the 2011 NFL draft has also spent time with the Chicago Bears and New York Jets after an initial three-year stint with the Redskins.
Jenkins called it a blessing to be in his position and able to give back to the community.
“When I was younger, I never had something like this to come back to, just to see guys that are successful give back to the community and give a positive feedback to the community,” Jenkins said. “So, I feel blessed to be doing it.”
Watch the full interview with Jenkins on TCITV: