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BAMBERG — Even while pursuing NFL careers, defensive ends Da’Quan Bowers of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ricky Sapp have remained committed to their hometown and alma mater Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School.

From food drives to charity basketball tournaments, the former Red Raider and Clemson University teammates have given their available time in support of their community.

“I think it goes all the way back to how we grew up,” said Sapp, who completed OTAs with the Houston Texans Thursday. “I think one of the important things that I know ‘Quan’s parents and my parents taught us growing up was it’s always good to give back, be humble and help out somebody else when you have the opportunity. It’s a blessing to be in the NFL and have the opportunity to play on Sundays and be a role model to the younger kids in our community.

“So anytime me and Da’Quan have a chance to give back to our hometown and surrounding area, we love it. We do as much as we can.”

Today at B-E High School, students from sixth and 12th grades aspiring to play football will have two opportunities to receive instruction. The single-day “Dream Big, Work Hard” football camps are part of an initiative both Sapp and Bowers are involved with through their foundations designed to enhance the lives of young boys and girls to enable them to make a positive impact on the field and in their community.

Among the activities planned in each camp are:

  • 4 hours of instruction
  • A team-building, competitive and safe environment
  • Training by position
  • Awards for “Fastest Man”, “Sportsmanship and “Hustle”
  • Camp T-shirts for pre-registered participants
  • Free dinner for all participants at the House of Pizza at 11995 Heritage Highway in Bamberg

Bowers’ camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and registration starts at 8 a.m. Sapp will hold his camp from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and registration starts at 1 p.m. “It’ll be a long fun day with the kids,” Sapp said.

Registration can also be completed at www.daquanbowersfoundation.org or www.rickysappfoundation.org.

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