While playing football for the North Fort Myers Red Knights, Tommy Bohanon dreamed of going pro. His journey to the NFL took a lot of heart and hustle, but also took a lot financially.
Before returning to the field for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bohanon returned home Saturday to SWFL to give back to the community that gave him so much.
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One young athlete, Jackson Wentworth, first picked up a football after watching an NFL game with his dad.
“My dad is a Bears fan, so I grew up a Bears fan,” Wentworth said.
But recently, he’s been supporting a different team, the one his mentor, Bohanon, plays for.
“He teaches me life lessons. Never give up,” Wentworth said.
Although he hardly ever sees Bohanon, Wentworth always looks forward to his annual football camps in SWFL.
“It’s been really fun this year and last year so far,” he said.
Bohanon teaches the basics, like how to tackle high and low, and also provides friendly advice to the kids who look to him for so much.
Bohanon’s camp is continually inspiring young kids who share his same dream and goals.
“There was nothing like this whenever I was a kid, and for me, I love football so much that it has given back to me more than I could ever imagined, so I wanted to be able to share that and give back to the kids and the community,” Bohanon said.
While Wetnworth doesn’t know if he wants to pursue a career in football, he hopes one day he will walk the same halls Bohanon did, leaving behind a similar legacy.
To find out more about the camp and Bohanon’s foundation, visit the website here.