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Shane Vereen to hold SCV football camp

Local NFL star to host kids clinic in SCV

Posted: June 16, 2014 9:38 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2014 9:38 p.m.

New England Patriots running back and Valencia High alumnus Shane Vereen runs against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.

 

New England Patriots running back and Valencia High graduate Shane Vereen has his reasons for conducting a football camp at Valencia High this Saturday morning, and they all involve home.

The Shane Vereen Football Camp, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the football star’s alma mater, will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old, coming off the biggest season of his three-year pro career, said he visited Children’s Hospital in Boston and it struck him when he saw the kids battling various illnesses because he had a friend in the same situation.

“The feeling to see the kids helpless due to sickness, it really hits home to me,” Vereen said. “My next-door neighbor was David Stroud, and so I remember taking him to school a couple of times then coming back from college and seeing him go through his cancer treatments and all the different infections he was battling. Just the strength he showed.”

Stroud, a Valencia High graduate, was a popular figure in the Santa Clarita Valley for his courage and determination during a battle with cancer and subsequent other illnesses.

The former Valencia High basketball player died in 2011 at 19 years old.

Vereen and Stroud were teammates briefly with the Vikings basketball team.

Vereen said he wanted the camp to be at Valencia High for obvious reasons.

“That’s where I’m from. That will always be home. Valencia is what made me the person I am today,” Vereen said. “If I’m going to give back anywhere, first and foremost I feel like I should give back to the place I grew up and to the people who helped make me who I am.”

This will be an all-skills camp for kids 6 years of age to 13.

Vereen will be helped by some big-name friends as well.

New Orleans Saints defensive end and 2011 first-round pick Cameron Jordan, former USC safety and Cincinnati Bengal Taylor Mays, Dallas Cowboy Sterling Moore, 13-year NFL defensive end Andre Carter and Valencia High graduates Steven Manfro and Michael Herrick are scheduled to participate in the camp.

The price is $30 with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

A post-camp free lunch is included, as is a T-shirt.

Vereen will also take photographs and sign an autograph for the campers.

Donations will also be accepted and a bake sale will also raise money for CHLA.

Registration is at www.valenciavikingsfootball.com.

Walk-up registration is also accepted.

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