Shawn Springs and James City County legends building a village

Posted at 11:50 PM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-16 23:50:18-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Under the radar is something Williamsburg athletes know about. It's the same thing James City County native Shawn Springs went through, but overcame.

"This is where you start to dream, this is where you start to learn" Springs says. The James City County All-Star Football camp gave more than 100 kids the chance to learn from former NFL players Terrance Martin and Connor Hughes. Former Lafayette great Ryan Thompson is another Williamsburg athlete who spread his wings.

"We've all came from this area, and we still come back home, to take care of our community, we know the importance of education because we've went out there and saw it," says Thompson.

Springs, who went to Ohio State University, and played for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins, grew up in James City County, says "this city has a history of great athletes." Having been out the game for awhile, his main goal, along with other athletes from the area, is to spread the importance of education so that you can get a scholarship to a major athletic school.

"One of these kids is going to be at Ohio state, at Notre Dame, at Michigan, and they'll be able to come back and affect the community"