Adrian Peterson’s three-day All-Sports Camp in Bryan County ended Friday night on the turf field at Richmond Hill’s DeVaul Henderson Park.
Peterson, a legendary Georgia Southern University football player, enjoyed an eight-year career with the Chicago Bears before deciding to funnel his energy and time into community outreach efforts. His motto, “Pray, Perform, Persist” has become a mantra for the youth-based programs and initiatives he brings to various communities.
Throughout his Bryan County camp, Peterson has worked with boys and girls on fitness in general, focusing on drills for speed and agility, along with strength and conditioning. Every child who participated received a camp backpack, T-shirt and an autographed photo of Peterson. A portion of the camp fees will be donated to the Bryan County Recreation Department by Peterson, who now works as GSU’s director of student-athlete development.
Bryan County’s Recreation Department collaborated with Peterson to organize the camp and bring in participants. Recreation Department Director Dr. Samose Mays said it’s been a pleasure having Peterson in Bryan County, watching as he works with the campers in a manner that emphasizes hard work but also offers plenty of praise and encouragement.
“Adrian is a wonderful role model for the young athletes of Bryan County. He clearly cares about children and wants to see them improve and succeed,” Mays said. “But he understands discipline and a strong work ethic go hand in hand with a solid amount of support, trust and friendship. He has a way of reaching the kids – they’re obviously having a lot of fun while giving a tremendous athletic effort.”