BY JONATHAN MYERS, Student Reporter
ST. PETERSBURG – Lakewood High School and University of Florida alumnus Louis Murphy, Jr.—who currently plays for San Francisco 49ers—kicked off his annual 1st Down 4 Life™ charity weekend last week. Starting with a youth empowerment summit and charity celebrity basketball game on Friday, and rounding out the weekend with the 11th annual football and cheerleading camp on Saturday, St. Pete youths were treated to two days of fun and encouragement.
Held at St. Petersburg College Allstate campus, the youth summit featured NBA player Marreese Speights from the Orlando Magic, Anjali “Queen B” McGuire from 95.7 The Beat and many more. Panelist gave advice and strategies on how to be successful, while Murphy, Jr. told the youth in attendance that playing sports is not everything. He stressed academics and setting obtainable goals.
Later that evening, the charity celebrity basketball game got off to a rousing start at Gibbs High School. Former and current professional athletes such as former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Vincent Jackson, Green Bay Packers rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling and WNBA player Bernice Mosby took to the court.