KNOXVILLE — Former Tennessee running back Jabari Davis lives by the Vol For Life mantra every day.
Davis is the epitome of the slogan for former Tennessee athletes, as he still lives in Knoxville and has devoted himself to making sure he and all former Tennessee football players, both before his time at UT and after, have some time together during the year.
His creation, the Legends of Tennessee Football Camp, is worked two-fold, as it brings in former Tennessee greats to spend at least one weekend a year together sharing into their brotherhood, and it also allows them to share the passion, love and techniques shown to them during their time with the Vols.
Davis will be one of 10 former Vols conducting what he says will be their biggest camp of the year next week on the doorstep of the Lakeway Area, as the camp will be held at Northview Academy in Kodak on June 20-22 for kids ages 6-14.
“I originally created this camp to keep all of us VFLs together for at least one weekend where we could come together and have our kids together and be a family,” Davis said. “The VFL brand is a brotherhood, and it goes beyond Saturdays. We help each other in all phases of life, and we are always there for each other.
“At the camp, we will teach, motivate and inspire these kids. We will give them the blueprint to becoming a Tennessee Vol. We could change the lives of these kids in just three days by pointing them in the right direction and teaching them to work hard on the field and in the classroom.”
“We can be motivators for these kids, and our goal is to help build quality young people through football.”
The camp, which runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, is loaded with tons of football fun, suited for all skill levels. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to level up and learn elite fundamentals taught by Vol greats with more than three decades of Tennessee football knowledge. If your child’s dream is to be a Vol one day, this will be the best place to start that journey.
Kids at the camp will have the opportunity to learn from those who have been there and understand what it takes to make that dream a reality. Former Vols who will be camp instructors in Kodak include Davis, Tony Robinson, Morristown native Chris Treece, Cedric Houston, DeAngelo Lloyd, Justin Harrell, Jayson Swain, Gerald Riggs and recently added Cam Sutton, who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Every camper will receive a camp T-shirt, socks, drawstring swag bag, water bottle, UT wristband and UT poster, as well as a ticket to a Tennessee Smokies baseball game. They will also receive free food and games at Dave & Busters one night of the camp, as well as free admission for them and their families to WonderWorks another night in Pigeon Forge. Lunch will be available as well as a food truck with barbecue and snow cones will be on site. Each camper will also receive autographs and have the chance to win prizes.
All campers would wear a T-shirt, shorts and cleats. Space is limited, and online registration will secure a camp spot. Registration will be accepted online until Wednesday, June 19 depending on camp availability, and limited walk-up registrations will be accepted the day of the camp. All campers must bring their online camp registration ticket the day of camp. The cost is $225 for the three-day event, or $75 to attend one day.
“We had 50 or more kids at each of our first three camps (Nashville, Bristol and Lenoir City), and each kid can get a lot of reps with 100 or less campers and as many coaches as we have,” Davis said. “We’ve been working hard since February, and this camp will be our biggest and best of the bunch. I encourage everyone to register early. We have around 50 registered so far, and we have team rates and walk-ins too. It’s going to be a fun event.”
Online registration is available by visiting the camp website at www.utlegendsultimate.eventbrite.com. Northview Academy is located at 2719 Northview Academy Lane in Kodak.