Jamon Brown gives back to Louisville

Photo courtesy of S.K. Patrick

Fans rejoice as football season slowly approaches.

Yet, before guard Jamon Brown takes the field for the Atlanta Falcons training camp, there was a promise to keep in his home city. Brown, who was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft by the then St. Louis Rams, attended Fern Creek High School and the University of Louisville.

It marked a great day for Louisville. A UofL product and current Atlanta Falcon, Brown treated aspiring football players from the community to a free football camp for children.

The camp, held at the Personal Fitness and Rehabilitation center, marked the third year of Brown’s event. As part of the program, participants enjoyed a skate and swim party. Buffalo Bills’ Keith Towbridge a former UofL tight end, was also in town to assist Brown.

“This was a part of my dream,” Brown said. “Not only making it to the NFL, but being able to give back and change some lives and I’m hoping I’m doing that.”

Not just a hoops town

Basketball used to be the most popular sport in the River City. Now, the pigskin is king. This summer, Micheal Vick and Chad Johnson held a camp. Beyond Brown, Reggie Bonnafon, another Louisville alumni and native, also held a football camp.

Indeed, Louisville has become a breeding ground for football. With UofL looking to return to it’s top 25 football form, more players and camps likely will be held for years to come.

One gets the impression that suits Brown just fine.

“Sometimes we get caught up because I’m on a national stage, that’s what gets a lot of national attention but really, anyone can do what I do,” Brown said. “I’m hoping to spread that amongst our community and hopefully that trickles down and it changes the world.”

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S.K. Patrick is a young, up-and-coming sports journalist from Louisville, Ky with over 5 years of sports journalism experince. Born April 17, 1990, Patrick attended Pleasure Ridge Park High School and graduated from the University of Louisville with his bachelor’s degrees in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Fueled by a passion for sports since his childhood, Patrick has been part of the local sports journalism community for several years. He’s also a former high school football player and little league football coach. “Sports are my true passion in life,” he says. “I’m very objective and open-minded when it comes to the teams that I support. “ Patrick has covered press conferences and games for U of L’s Sports Information Office, reporting on Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher, Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski and many others. Patrick describes his sports reporting style as, "opinion-based with facts supporting them" and he’s pleased to have the opportunity to partner with SportsRadioAmerica. “This website is a chance for me to enhance my writing skills, popularize myself and have my work be viewed on a national level,” Stephen says. Instagram: S.K._323 Twitter: 323_SKP

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