Carolina Panthers’ defensive tackle Derrick Brown will return to his hometown of Sugar Hill to partner with Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor to help local kids improve their football skills.
The Derrick Brown Foundation has partnered with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and the NFL Players Foundation to bring its free second annual youth football camp to local children. The camp is offered to those ages 8 to 17 and will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, at E. E. Robinson Park. The park is at 650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Sugar Hill. Participants will run through drills, and the camp will also include giveaways and free food.
Brown is a 2016 graduate of Lanier High School who put up impressive numbers for the Longhorns. Brown continued his athletic excellence at Auburn in fall 2016, and during his senior year, he earned All-American honors and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. After Auburn, Brown was drafted in 2020 by the Carolina Panthers and is now in his third year in the NFL.
Giving back to the community is something Brown has been known for, and his foundation has been active in doing just that. In addition to the free youth camp, the Derrick Brown Foundation has hosted the Derrick Brown Angel Tree Gifting Holiday party in Charlotte, partnered with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office for a Thanksgiving food giveaway that provided 3,000 families with their holiday food and awarded nine scholarships to Lanier High School students this year.
Anyone who has children who are eligible to attend and would like for them to attend the free camp is asked to sign up in advance at derrickbrown.eventbrite.com.