Reaching Out: Seattle's Marquis Weeks

Seattle's Marquis Weeks has two important camp dates this summer in addition to the Seahawks' training camp. Learn more about how he's giving back to the community and reaching out to youth in his home state of Pennsylvania in this feature from

As second-year running back Marquis Weeks looks ahead to this year's training camp with the Seattle Seahawks, he has two other big camp dates circled on his calendar. And while one is a football camp that will allow him to share his professional expertise and insight, the other one focuses on public service work.

Beginning the week of June 18th, the former University of Virginia star will be spending a week at Cop Camp in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. It's an interactive camp for 10 and 11 year olds where they watch demonstrations and participate in activities ranging from assisting paramedics in rescuing victims of a mock accident - including an appearance by an actual Med-Evac helicopter - to working with K-9 dogs, conducting radar speed checks and investigating crimes. They even get to experience what it's like to man hose lines just like a fireman and put out real fires while supervised by the Barren Hill Fire Company.

A cousin who is a police officer for the township encouraged Weeks to visit the camp for a few days last summer. After the Seahawks running back and kickoff returns specialist saw the impressive program and the reaction of the kids, he decided to go back.

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"I had a really good time, and this year they wanted me to come out for the whole week," Weeks said during a recent interview. "So I'm excited about going back. Last year we had about 30 kids, and this year I think they upped it to about 50."

The camp not only provides the children with exposure to the great public service work of those professionals, it helps them build rapport with them - and respect. You can learn more about this great program at the Whitemarsh Township website.

The following week, Marquis teams up with Detroit Lions running back Arlen Harris to conduct the Hard Hats Football Camp in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

"He started it last year and he asked me to be a part of it as a coach," Weeks explained. "We start with the fundamentals of football, but we also bring in speakers to talk about different aspects of life. We also play games - it's really fun."

Now a partner in the camp, Weeks is looking forward to working with all of the youngsters, but he's also excited that his 9-year old nephew is going to join in as a participant this month. "It'll be fun to get him out there and teach him a few things," he said.

The program boasts a 12 to 1 player to coach ratio which ensures plenty of activity and fun, unlike some other camps where the youngsters stand around a lot waiting for their occasional turn. And the players also get classroom instruction while watching film with their camp coaches.

Find out more about this great opportunity to learn football from one of the truly nice guys in the NFL, Marquis Weeks, at Registration details can be found directly through this link.

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