NFL defensive tackle and former Salem High School standout Torell Troup is hosting a football camp with a number of other NFL players at Salem on Friday and Saturday (June 26 - 27) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for kids ages 7-16.
Troup is asking for a $5 donation for the camp, but says that kids aren't able to pay the fee, they're welcome to come anyway.
"If the kids can't afford $5 I understand. When I was growing up sometimes I didn't even have $5 so I'm not turning anybody away. If you want to come out there and you don't have any money come out there and you can still take part in it and still be a part of the camp," Troup said. "I don't want people to harp on if they don't have any money or anything like that, it's totally free for the kids just come on out. We want the kids to have a good time and learn some things, other players are gonna be there and I'm gonna tell ‘em about my life experience. Hopefully I'll get to touch a few kids off that."
Troup, who was first team All-State as a junior and senior at Salem, played college ball at the University of Central Florida before being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round in 2010.
"So many people in that area helped me get to where I'm at today. I tell people all the time, without teachers, coaches and people in the community I don't think I would have ever had the success I've had in my career without those people pushing me. So, I felt like it was important to come back to the same area to show kids that if you listen to what the older people are saying and you do what you're supposed to and work hard that anything is possible," Troup said.
"Seeing that over the years from other guys that played football and going back to their communities and giving back, and I just wanted to do the same thing because it's a big help for the community."
Troup says that he kept his grades up when he went off to college and even then he still had people from Conyers making sure he was focused and handling his business.
"Anybody that knows my past knows that it's been a hard fought road," Troup said admirably.
"I put in a lot of hard work and a lot of other people put in a lot of hard work to help me get to where I was at so it was a blessing for me and the community."
For registration and more details visit www.TroupFoundation.org.