WETUMPKA, Ala. (WSFA) - Wednesday, kids at the Adullam House got a cool treat. They got to hang out and spend time with current Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end, and former Alabama Crimson Tide, tight end OJ Howard.
“It feels great. We were all just those kids. One day I was in their shoes just years ago and just to see someone who’s in my position to come back and visit, man you feel good," said Howard. "As a kid you look up to people like that and I think I feel like I owed it to the kids to come back and where I was from and just give back to the community.”
And the kids actually got a cool treat. Howard brought his ice cream stand by, as well as pizza, to keep the kids cool as they shot hoops and chatted with the Bucs young star.
“It’s always hot. We’re in Alabama, you can never be too hot or too cold for some ice cream, so it was a great opportunity for us to bring it out here, let some kids get some ice cream," said Howard.
While he’s in the area, OJ will also be hosting his youth football camp this Thursday and Friday. Howard said he’s expecting nearly 400 kids to come out. The camp for the younger kids will be Thursday and for the high schoolers, a prospect camp Friday.
“Looking forward to two days of great event, great fun. We’re gonna have great coaching, we’re gonna have some guys coming through that played in the NFL, different coaches gonna coach em up. It’s going to be a great time and definitely looking forward to it,” said Howard.
The camp will be held at Autauga Academy, Howard’s alma mater.