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Former NFL WR Steve Smith hosts camp on Robins AFB

Former NFL WR Steve Smith kicked off his Pros Camp at Robins Air Force Base Friday afternoon. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, GA -- Robins Air Force Base gave youth football players a major treat Friday afternoon as former NFL Wide Receiver Steve Smith kicked off his Pros Camp on the base's athletic field.

The former Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens star and his team of coaches from Pros Camp educated kids on football fundamentals and the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle. Smith's Pros Camp didn't just focus on football and physical activity. The ex-receiver's camp honored military families and community all together. Smith hopes the camp is more than just football.

"I don't really think there's any big message that I can give," Smith said. "Its more just the presence of being here and interacting with these kids, interacting with officers, with their families, taking the time out to come out here and invest in them. I enjoy it, I learn a lot. I think i get more out of working with the kids than I think they get out of me."

With Pros Camp, Smith travels to multiple venues a year to teach the game. He says Robins AFB made it easier to be closer to his loved ones.

"To be honest, its close to Charlotte, my home," Smith said, "which didn't take too much time away from my family, especially with it being the first time out and being retried. Being able to bring my son with me, but at the same time not be gone too much away from the family, the summer time, that's when they need me and I need them"

Smith honored the Commissary at Robins Air Force Base stressing it's importance to the military community in the Warner Robins area.

The camp concludes with a final session from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.


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