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As part of a big weekend for New Hanover High School, Jay Ross will host his annual Pros vs. Joes charity basketball game and football camp in Wilmington.
Ross was a 2006 New Hanover graduate and played college football at East Carolina University. After spending time with the Green Bay Packers, the Wildcat moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where he’s now a member of the Buffalo Bills organization.
“We’ve really started to make this into something special. I still enjoy coming back to the Wilmington community and making a difference,” Ross said. “While we’re growing each year, I’m happy to announce that the NFL and Play 60 has shown some support in this endeavor, which is something new. We’ve had so much support in the area and it’s important to give back.”
Ross will enter his third year in the NFL this upcoming season after signing with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010.
Four years ago, Ross started giving back to the community with the charity event one weekend a year, followed by his free football clinic. A number of big names from across the area are scheduled to be at the basketball game on Friday, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth, Terrence Cooper of the Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl champion Vonta Leach.
“Over the years I’ve been able to form a number of relationships with players from across the country. I’ll never forget the first time I met a pro football player, and that wasn’t until my freshman year of college. To be able to have so many guys willing to give up their free time to help out with the camp, it’s something special, and something that I hope the kids won’t forget,” Ross said.
The charity game tips off at 6 pm. Friday, July 12, from Brogden Hall on the campus of New Hanover High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Wilmington Police Recreation Association, and a group of officers from WPD will join the Joes’ side for the game.
The Jay Ross Football Skills Camp will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the MLK Center on Eighth Street in Wilmington.
For information on the events, call (910)-297-4044.