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Tre Boston to give back with football camp

June 20, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Area football players have the option to receive a treasure trove of coaching from NFL players this summer.

Jacksonville Jaguar fullback Tommy Bohanon will hold a clinic this Saturday at North Fort Myers High School for younger football players.

The following Saturday, June 30, Tre Boston, a free agent safety who, like Bohanon, graduated from North, will hold a free football camp coached by current and former NFL players for youths age 8 to 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., again at North Fort Myers High School at 5000 Orange Grove Blvd.

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This inaugural camp, presented by the Tre Boston Beyond Belief Foundation, is expected to bring in between 200 and 250 kids, with 50 coaches and volunteers to assist with registration, drills and more.

Participants will learn athletic skills, take part in drills and learn to train like a pro. They will be placed in groups according to their ages and skill set. Capmeres will also hear from Tre and perhaps another guest speaker.

But the main focus will be on safety, prevention, the importance of education and life choices, said Iris De Hoyos, CEO of the foundation and also Tre's mother.

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"We've been wanting to do this for a while. When Tre was younger we would go to soup kitchens, candlelight vigils and volunteer for organizations," De Hoyos said. "He wanted to give back and educate kids. You have to be educated to pass the SAT and ACT test to make it to the NCAA Clearinghouse."

Boston learned firsthand the importance of education as De Hoyos, a single mother, grew up poor and often struggled while raising her children alone. She still was able to graduate from college while working two jobs and being there for her kids at all times, whether it was for sports or homework.

What he learned was the basis of what his foundation is about.

"We want underprivileged kids to have strong core values, integrity, and to be coachable on and off the field," De Hoyos said. "If you can't take instruction and direction, you will have problems with authority and that's not good. We want kids in school to make the right choices."

There will be non-profit groups there to talk about drunk driving, bike safety and other safety measures to kids and parents.

Boston was a two-way star for the Red Knights and attended college at North Carolina. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft, where he played for three seasons before being waived and signed by the Los Angeles Chargers last season to a one-year contract.

When in town, De Hoyos said he speaks to students at area schools and even at adult education to stress the importance of education and that it's never too late to learn.

"You are never too old to reinvent yourself to be the parent your kids should see and you're never too old to learn," De Hoyos said. "You are a role model. Nobody's perfect, but now is the time to impress on your children the right decisions."

To register, go to .

For more information or to register for Tommy Bohanon clinic for first through eighth graders to be held this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Fort Myers High School in partnership with the Tommy Bohanon Foundation, visit or .

North Fort Myers High is at 5000 Orange Grove Blvd.



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