Four-time All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman is again returning to the Washington, D.C., area in hopes of providing opportunities to at-risk youth in the area.
Bowman, who played at Suitland High in Forestville, Md., before going to Penn State at the San Francisco 49ers, is hoping his fourth annual youth football clinic with his 4th and Goal Foundation.
“I always look forward to coming back to the area and having the kids participate in my camp,” Bowman said. “My camp doesn’t just focus on sports but life skills as well. Some of these kids may become professional athletes and others won’t but it’s core values we can teach them that could last them a lifetime in any profession.”
Bowman founded his foundation in 2014 to help provide low-income and at-risk youth in the D.C. area and San Francisco area safe places to play. The organization’s goal is to impact 10,000 children by the end of 2017.
Among the other goals is the NaVorro Bowman Play Zone, a program to refurbish and provide playgrounds at low-income elementary schools. Officials hope to have the initial Play Zones installed this summer.
At Saturday’s event in Washington, D.C., Bowman is expected to be joined by a number of NFL players: Dexter McDougle, New York Jets; Kevin Pierre Louis, Seattle Seahawks; Demond Bryant, Cleveland Browns; Zach Kerr, Indianapolis Colts; Louis Young, Carolina Panthers; Eddie Goldman, Chicago Bears; Yannick Ngokue, Jacksonville Jaguars; Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers; and Ryan Williams, free agent formerly of the Arizona Cardinals.