Antonio London Football Extravaganza kicks off

The fourth-annual Antonio London Extravaganza football camp kicked off Thursday morning with more than 300 kids coming out to Pelham High School for the free two-day camp.

The camp is sponsored by the Pelham Parks and Recreation Board and is open to Pelham and Helena kids 5 and older.

Campers opened the Thursday morning session with stretches before participating in drills led by former NFL and University of Alabama players.

Among those who came out to help teach the camp were Antonio Langham, Siran Stacy, Harry Colon, Brett Perriman, Kevin Turner, Ray King, Derrick Oden, Patrick Hape, Jeff Holland and Derek Homer.

Pelham linebacker and Auburn University commitment Jake Holland also helped teach the camp, while Birmingham radio and television personality Matt Coulter served as the emcee.

Former Crimson Tide All-American Jeremiah Castille, father of former Tide players Tim and Simeon Castille, will be joined by Georgia Tech team chaplain Derrick Moore, and the two will lead the character building session after lunch.

“For me, it’s probably more fun than it is for the kids,” London said of being around his friends and former teammates. “It’s our duty and our responsibility to give back. It’s great that we have the opportunity to give back to the kids.”

Stacy also said he enjoyed being back around old friends.

“It’s an honor to be here around Antonio, former players and these kids. Seeing all the old guys and having fun with them, it always brings a smile to my face,” Stacy said.

Stacey, who lost his wife and four of his five children in a 2007 car accident, will also share his testimony during the character building portion of the camp.

“I’m not a hero; I’m a testimony of Christ,” Stacy said.