by DaShawn Brown
Former Benedictine and Navy quarterback... Lamar Owens... returned to Savannah. He teamed with with some of his friends to sponsor a youth football camp at BC.
Owens is using the game he loves to teach lessons he's learned. "Football can get you too the door but character gets you through the door."
Owens longtime friend, Akeeno Mitchell adds, "Character builds men. Character makes men. Without character, you're nobody."
Together the former teammates have formed what they call, Success Sports. "It's a way to give back to the community, and have fun in the process," said Owens. Mitchell added, "I'm actually having too much fun right now."
Owens says, "The football part of it is great, but there's going to be a time when you're not playing football anymore, and then you're going to have to rely on what's inside of you to keep you going."
As for on the field lessons, the participants say, they've gotten some pretty good tips. "How to backtrack, open your hips," said Donshay Lyde.
Christopher Edwards added, "It's been great. I've been learning how to play cornerback much better. It's just been great."
"Highlight of the day has been seeing all my buddies from high school," said Owens. "They believed in me enough to come give up their Saturday in the summer and to come out here and stand out in this Savannah heat."
Mitchell added, "Seeing the smiles on the kids faces. Seeing the smile on the kids faces."