|Updated: 7/23/2012 8:47 am
||Published: 7/22/2012 3:24 pm
BAUXITE, AR - Sunday, a man who lost his left leg below the knee in a medical emergency a few months ago put on a football camp in Bauxite.
Brian Davis had to postpone the camp during his surgery, but did not want to disappoint the 150 children who signed up for his "Reaching for the Stars" camp this summer.
"I just have a passion for children. Giving back to the community," says Davis.
Davis, a J.A. Fair grad who played college ball, has ties with several NFL players, and now he's back in the game for the first time since a medical emergency.
"Just had a, it was like, a freak accident, man, cut my foot. Man, got infected. They told me if I don't get it, you know, amputate it, you know, two to three weeks, you'll be dead, so you know, teaching these kids how to stay healthy, eat right. That's the main thing," he says.
The kids say they learned some valuable lessons this weekend.
"Just keep trying and never quit and there's always a chance," says Jonathan Parsons.
"I can look at a child and tell if he's gonna be a good athlete at nine on up. Just all the smiles and all the thank-yous that you care about and changing lives," says Davis.
Davis' friends applaud him for staying active despite losing part of his leg.
"He's a tough guy mentally, physically. You know, I mean, he's going through something from the last couple of months that a lot of people would sit down and throw their head down and not want to rise from that. But he's risen from that and I respect him a great deal for doing this," says Stacy Andrews of the New York Giants.
Corey Williams of the Detroit Lions also came to Bauxite for the weekend to be part of the camp.