Helping others always has been part of Aaron Murray’s repertoire. Whether it’s serving as the coach on the field in his college days or doing community service work off the field, Murray says he’s a man for others, and he is bringing that mentality to Macon.
Murray will be combining two things that bring him joy: football and working with kids June 25 at Stratford when he hosts a football camp through Dan Everett Sports Marketing, which is sponsored by Sanford Insurance. To register or request a scholarship, please visit www.everettsm.com.
Sanford Insurance will be able to provide the camp with more than 50 scholarships for low income children, ages 6-16, to participate. Murray, along with high school coaches, will run the camp, and the 100 participants will be grouped based on their age, and drills and fundamentals will be focused on all positions.
He recalls a story from working at one of his camps as the reason he keeps giving back
“We were doing one-on-one drills and one kid — he was maybe 5 or 6 — tripped and fell,” he said. “Like any young kid, he was embarrassed and started crying. So I took him to the side and tossed passes to him. He got his spirits up and jumped right back in line.
“It’s all about fun.”
While football is a big component of the camp, Murray likes the experience for other reasons.
He said this camp provides a unique experience because of the character building aspect of it. Talking with the participants about life and life lessons is something he enjoys, along with teaching the game.
“Being a good person will take you far,” he said and reminds campers of that theme.
When Murray was a student, he said he helped out with a camp that was focused on people with special needs. He said as a professional athlete, he is involved with Play 60, a campaign through the NFL to keep young athletes active, and he participates in an annual food drive during Thanksgiving time, handing out food to the less fortunate.
And post NFL, Murray hopes to continue his teaching ways and would love to coach the game. He said in a best case scenario, he gets to coach at his alma mater.
Working with younger athletes is something he enjoys, and he said nothing pleases him more than the excitement of the players at the conclusion of the camp.
“It’s fun; I have a great time,” Murray said. “I always leave with a big smile on my face; it’s a blast.”