ATLANTA -- Watching a group of 12-year-olds participate in multiple football drills brought back some childhood memories for Georgia defensive end Sterling Bailey.
Bailey remembered what it was like to go participate in various camps back when he was a youngster. As a Bulldog, he was able to play a role in providing a memorable day for kids in the Athens 12-and-under football league, which made the trip up to the College Football Hall of Fame for a day with the Bulldogs.
“With us being in the position we’re in, we’re able to make an impact in their lives,” Bailey said. “You never know what they’re going through on a daily basis at home and what not. Just doing this event with them, it could impact their life and change it for a better outcome.”
Each kid paired up with a Georgia player, who took them through throwing, catching and kicking drills inside the building. Once the drills wrapped up, the Bulldogs took the kids on a tour of the Hall of Fame. Kicker Tanner Stumpe and safety James Davis showed two boys a video of former Georgia running back Herschel Walker on an interactive touch-screen monitor.
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Safety Quincy Mauger approached the local media to give one of the boys a chance to be interviewed like he was a college football player.
“It’s definitely a blessing right now,” Mauger said. “It’s fun right now to see the College Hall of Fame and to share the experience with these kids.”
The event lasted for an hour and a half and preceded UGA Day, which included Georgia alums having the opportunity to ask football coach Mark Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox questions about their respective teams.
For Bailey, he understands why a day like this might mean a lot for a young middle-schooler.
“Just seeing them out there throwing the ball and having fun, it brought back memories of when I was little and go out with the local team,” Bailey said. “Whether it was high school or middle school, and had throwing camps, kicking camps, stuff like that, it’s so meaningful.”