Augusta, Ga. (WJBF Sports) — Several current and former NFL players with local ties hold youth football camps in the CSRA throughout the year but one man has brought a new idea to the table.
Former NFL wide receiver Raymond Webber is originally from St. Louis but calls Augusta home after meeting his now-wife here while working on rehabbing his knee in 2013.
And he’s embraced the area. Most notably, he put on the first ‘Battle of The CSRA’ youth football tournament Saturday afternoon at Fleming Park near Butler High School.
“This event is important because they haven’t had an event like this before in the Augusta area,” Webber said. “Something that is totally for the youth.”
That’s Webber’s focus, really. He wants to focus on younger kids playing football and having a good time.
“Sometimes the younger kids get overlooked,” he said. “There’s a lot of combines and camps that overlook them.”
And Webber has a blast with the kids.
“The most exciting thing about this is I get to have fun. I get to be a kid again. I’m talking to the 8U teams and the 10U teams and they’re all in their little huddles doing their beats and breakdowns and chants and it makes me feel like a kid again.”
Webber plans to hold a similar youth football tournament in May. He also runs a training gym in Augusta you can check out here.