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Tre Boston holds football clinic for 380

July 3, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

NFL football player and North Fort Myers High School alum Tre Boston didn't have all the advantages many families have when he was a child.

But through hard work from him and his mother, they became successes in life, something they want to pass on to others.

On Saturday, more than 380 young athletes came to North Fort Myers High School for the second annual Tre Boston Beyond Belief Foundation football clinic, where youths between the ages of 8 and 17 (and some a little or a lot younger) learned to train like the pros do.

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NFL free agent Tre Boston inspires a young camper at the second annual Tre Boston Beyond Belief Foundation football clinic at North Fort Myers High School on Saturday. Boston is a North High alumnus

One of the lessons Boston, who is still a free agent, wanted to instill in the campers is that success isn't measured by money or status, but from within and what you do for others and your family.

"If you work 9 to 5, have an education, feed your family, you're successful. We can achieve anything we put our minds to," Boston said to the kids at the start of camp. "We want you to dream big. That's what Beyond Belief is about."

Iris De Hoyos, executive director of the foundation and Tre's mom, said the whole idea of the foundation is to overcome barriers like her family did and for the kids to believe in themselves.

"Let them succeed beyond belief. Don't let anyone stop them and let them know anything is achievable," De Hoyos said. "Success is not making money in reality TV, it's about what you do as a job to keep your family going and pay the bills."

De Hoyos invited some of her friends from the non-profits. Deb Camella from the Drug-Free Coalition of Southwest Florida, was there to have the participants sign a drug-free pledge.

"There is a prevention component in everything Tre does. I can tell you this, they're going to listen to Tre, they're not going to listen to me," Camella said. "When Tre talks, people listen."

Camp was all about the kids, who learned in groups according to their age the agility drills Boston uses, as well as the proper ways to tackle, throw, run and catch. As it was the peak of summer, the theme was hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

As this camp catered to more older youths, these were the ones who take the game more seriously and had the most fun.

Dwayne Mack, North Fort Myers High School football coach, was back out coaching as he was for the Tommy Bohanon camp the previous week.

"It's always fun to be around the youth making sure they getting fundamentally sound. It's great for alumni to come back who played in the league and went to a high academic school and can give back to the community," Mack said.

Participants got an opportunity to work up a good sweat and do the same drills Boston does.

"It's fun. We get to work out and everything. I like Tre. He's a great player," Taqwon Houston, 11, of Naples, said. "I've learned to work hard and that's it."

"I like it. The drills and intensity are good for me. My friend already wants to go home, but I want to stay on the field," said Tyler Bloom, 9, of Cape Coral, who plays for Cape Jr. in Pop Warner. "Tre is awesome. He's a funny guy and I like his hair."



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