laquan williams football camp poster*With mere weeks before the start of camp, most NFL players are vacationing, spending time with the family and preparing their minds for the haul of the 2013 seasons.

LaQuan Williams is not most NFL players. He’s spending the last weeks of his off-season doing what he’s spent most of the off-seasons in his NFL career doing, giving back to his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

LaQuan is more than the local athlete who’s done well for himself; he’s committed his time and energy to doing good for others. As he and his teammates prepare to defend their Super Bowl title, he’s partnered with Baltimore-based retail company DTLR to provide 300 student athletes an opportunity to learn from the pros at a free football camp this Saturday at Coppin State University.

From 10:00 am – 2:00pm, student athletes will get a taste of what it’s like in the professional ranks as they are led through drills and exercises by Williams, area coaches and a few of his Raven teammates. The atmosphere will be fun, but the work over the course of the day can go a long way in shaping the futures of the young people involved. Student athletes from grades 6 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend; however, pre-registration is encouraged, as there are only 300 spaces available. Interested student athletes can register at www.dtlr.com and additional information or questions can be directed to football@dtlr.com

Altruism runs deep with LaQuan; his mission of having a positive impact on Baltimore is carried at by the foundation that bears his name and is responsible for various community service and outreach programs. The services include health and wellness awareness, educational programs, coat drives and a cause that’s extremely near to LaQuan, participating in events dedicated to raising awareness and research funds for Lupus. His mother was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease when the star was just two years old and he’s joined in her fight, along with that of millions of others dealing with the painful reality of living with Lupus.

There’s no Super Bowl hangover for Williams or his teammates; they’ve lost many key pieces from last year’s team and the expectations outside of their locker room aren’t as lofty as they are for other teams, but that’s fueled the hunger of the team as they set out on the quest to repeat. Among the members of last year’s team not back with the Ravens this year is the great Ray Lewis, who Williams credits as one of the most influential people in his life and someone who’s taught him so much about life on and off the field. There’s plenty of work to be done, on and off the field, and LaQuan Williams has committed himself to greatness in both arenas.

Visit www.laquanwilliamsfoundation.org  for information on his work in the city of Baltimore and how you can become involved. For additional information on DTLR and their football camps, please visit DTLR.com.