TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Former NFL player and Florida State star Corey Simon is helping a group of foster children make a summer memory they won't ever forget.
Simon strapped on his gym shoes and joined a game of kickball Thursday at his annual camp at Florida State University.
"Corey's Kids" summer camp includes so many fun-filled activities it looks like the perfect summer day for a teenager.
Some of the guys raced around FSU's practice fields in a game of flag football and they got some football tips from one of Simon's former football coaches. The camp also includes basketball, bowling, cheering dance lessons, and more.
Simon hopes the camp helps the children with self esteem, but he says the main goal is to get them on a college campus for a few days and encourage them to think about future possibilities.
"Our hope is that they go out and walk away from here with a want, a dream, a hope of going to college. We want that for all our young men and women and showing them that this is a possibility for them."
High school senior Tryton Johnson helped lead the warm-ups before a hotly contested game of flag football. He said the camp is making him think about his future.
"I'm going into my senior year in high school so this is actually a good opportunity because I'm planning on possibly coming to Florida State to study communications. So this gives me a good feel of the dorms and how it is in college with all the buildings that you see. You see how it would be to be a college student."
"Corey's Kids" summer camp is one of more than a dozen camps organized this summer by the Florida Department of Children and Families for about 1,000 foster children.
Also this week, 20 foster children are getting a chance to attend an aviation-based camp at the National Flight Academy at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The camp simulates an aircraft carrier and the kids get lessons in science, engineering, math and technology during aviation missions.
AT&T donated $25,000 to make the camp possible for 20 foster children.