Briarcrest Standout, Ole Miss Legend, Carolina Panther Pro Bowl Lineman and even The Kraken are some of the names for the special guest in town this past Saturday.
But for those at Aycock Park under the blazing sun, it was native son Greg Hardy Jr. back home in Millington for the 2014 I Go Hardy Camp for boys and girls. Hardy and more than 40 volunteers were working drill stations and activities for the more than 200 children from Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Memphis and Millington in attendance.
At this year’s camp, under USA Football guidelines, featured girls working with cheerleading coaches. Other volunteers worked on preparing the lunches. Each camp participant left with a goodie bag featuring a T-shirt, Kraken Out rubber bands, Millington Police Department pencil, an autograph from Hardy and an NFL Play 60 certificate.
NFL Play 60 and other sponsors help make the day possible like Quest Protein Bars and VITA Coco. But the camp for children was the brainchild of Hardy.
Lending his name, skills and time to the camp was important to Hardy because he said learning the game as a youth made him the player he is today.
Today Hardy is one of the best in the game ranked as the 53rd best player in the NFL by his peers. With 26 sacks in the last two season, 15 in 2013, Hardy is one of the most feared defensive line in the game today.