Local NFL Player Holds Camp

Houston Texans running back Chris Brown has played football in front of millions of fans. For the Naperville North alum, one of the most rewarding parts of being a professional athlete is giving back to the kids.

“It feels good to be home, you know, out here helping kids, and it’s growing every year,” Brown said. “It feels good to help somebody.”

More than 300 kids from Naperville and Aurora attended the two day camp. The Next Level Foundation and Fox Valley United Way worked together to put on the free event.

“It’s just really inspirational for me and this is what we’re all about,” said Fox Valley United Way CEO Michael Meyer. “Reaching the kids and trying to provide a great experience for them.”

Levelle Brown is more than the Next Level Foundation’s Executive Director, he’s Chris Brown’s older brother. Chris and Levelle say they want the young athletes to have the same opportunities they had growing up.

“Sports played such a big part in our lives socially as well as the life lessons and the values that we learned,” said Levelle Brown.” We want to make sure we can give back those things to the kids and the community.”

With the help of other current and past NFL players, the kids received one-on-one instruction from the professionals.

“I learned that you always want to watch the quarterback if you’re running backwards,” said 12-year old football player Connor Bunce.

Being around these gridiron greats moves the kids one step closer to success.

“I just want to give everybody a chance to believe in themselves, and give them confidence to do whatever they want and to just stick with it,” said Chris Brown.

Brown has been holding the camp since 2001, and they plan on being back again next summer.

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