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NFL player hosts camp at North High

July 11, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

NFL defensive back Tre Boston may still be looking for a team, but that didn't stop him from hosting more than 150 kids at North Fort Myers High School last week for the second NFL player hosted camp in as many weeks.

Following Tommy Bohanon's successful camp the following weekend, Boston held his own camp. Unlike Bohanon's, which was geared toward younger kids, Boston's was meant for anyone from third grade to entering senior year in high school.

But like Bohanon's, there was another message to be sent besides football. It was the importance of an education, staying in school and making the right choices.

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NFL player Tre Boston works with some defensive backs on their dropback coverage skills at his free football camp at North Fort Myers High School on June 30.


Iris De Hoyos, Boston's mother and president of his Beyond Belief Foundation, said the camp was for all Lee County children as a way to give back to the community, utilizing the help of several other non-profit organizations.

"We wanted to hold this free camp because many parents can't afford it. We want to have this for them and teach them a skill," De Hoyos said. "He also wants to speak with them about education. We believe in kids getting an education because we want them to move ahead in life and pass the SAT and ACT as well as being coachable."

Boston has a long history in Lee County, having been a star player at North Fort Myers High School. Among those who came to help was Lt. Angelo Vaughn of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, who coached Boston in his early days.

"He and his mother are a one-two punch when it comes to athletics and she raised him to be an outstanding man. I'm not surprised about this event because that's who he is," Vaughn said. "The kids are watching how Tre does things, so the kids are loving it."

Boston, currently a free agent, said many of the lessons he has learned have come from his mother.

"I learned at a young age you have to sacrifice things if you want something much greater. Her determination, the way I saw her grind day after day, it was easy for me to do it. It was in my DNA," Boston said.

Boston said it was his first camp and he wanted to teach the participants, boys and girls, NFL-style drills while having fun while getting the word out about his foundation.

"We want to get underprivileged kids a strong core and give them what they need in life and get them on the right path," Boston said. "We've had a good time out here and teaching them about hard work and how to grind."

Boston got a lot of help from friends. Mark Flaherty, who works for Around the Clock Fitness in Fort Myers, said De Hoyos was a member of his gym and recruited him to help.

"I'm helping to coach the kids and taking whatever cues Tre gives me. I coached safeties and defensive backs in high school in Kentucky," Flaherty said. "These camps give back to the community and a lot of these camps cost money. The kids can come here and get some football skills and it's nice to see."

Campers learned the same drills the pros use to sharpen their skills, with the younger players having a game of touch football toward the end before the lightning alarm sounded to cut short the camp 30 minutes sooner than expected.

They still had a great time learning the game.

"It was awesome. We got out here and did work. I worked as a running back, receiver and defensive back," said Cameron Nieves, 10 of Cape Coral. "I play a little at every skill position and this helped me improve my game."

"I learned to be successful in life and that hard work pays off and I had fun doing wide receiver drills," said Jamal Wayne-Rogers, 11. "I also learned to not get in trouble and get good grades so you can play football."



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