NFL player hosts football and cheer camp in Aiken

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - Jacksonville Jaguar and Aiken native Dekoda Watson hosted the Koda's Kids Football and Cheerleading Camp Saturday morning at South Aiken High School.

Over 100 kids came out to the camp, and Watson says his favorite part is being able to play the sport he loves with supporters from his hometown.

"Being able to interact with them, run around on the field, throw the football, that's the things that I love," Watson says.

Kids of all ages came out to the camp today to play the sport they love and learn from someone who wants to help give back to his hometown.

Kevin Staniszewski's son attended the camp today, and he says this was one of the best parts of the week.

"I'm excited, the kids are excited, and it's really nice that Dekoda Watson gives back to the community. Not many other guys do that and it goes a long way," he says.

Jeremy West coached Watson when he played at South Aiken, and says having Dekoda come back to coach the camp is an inspiration for the kids in the area.

"It gives them a role model to look forward to, and show them that even though you're from Aiken, you can still make it to the big time and don't ever give up on your dreams," West says.

Watson also collected donations for the Golden Harvest Food Bank as part of the admission to the camp.

The slogan for the camp this year is "tackling your dreams", which is something Watson wants all the kids to remember.

Stanizewski's son Dune has some pretty big dreams of his own.

"When I'm older, I want to be an NFL football player," he says with a smile.

"I tackled my dreams, and I want them to be able to do the same, so this is how we give back," Watson says.

And with a little help, one of these kids may be tackling their dreams of being a professional athlete.

For more information on Koda's Kids, click here.

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