UNION COUNTY — A Union County High School graduate with plans to study medicine is the latest recipient of a $2,000 scholarship presented each year by former high school football star Kyle Browning.
In 2016, Browning, who was the starting running back on the 1999 and 2000 Yellow Jackets State Championship teams, hosted his first Black & Gold Football Camp. The camp is for children ages 6-18 who are instructed in the various aspects of football by former college and professional football players and coaches.
Last year’s camp was a success and, on June 17 of this year, Browning hosted his second Black & Gold Football Camp at the Union County Stadium. As with the previous one, this year’s camp featured former college and professional football players and coaches providing instruction in the various aspects of the game to children ages 6-18.
In addition to providing instruction on football, Browning also uses the camp to award a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior. The 2016 recipient was Alexis Garrett who is currently on the track team at Troy University.
This year’s recipient was Heather Petty who graduated from Union County High School in May. Heather will be attending Wofford College in the fall where she plans to major in pre-med. She is the daughter of Mike and Kim Petty.
In announcing the camp and his plans to award his second scholarship in two years, Browning said they are an expression of his desire to give back to the community and to help a young person achieve their goals in life.
“I have always believed in giving back to my community,” Browning said.”God blessed me with the athletic ability and academic mindset to play a sport I love all over the country and develop lifelong friends. This camp is important to me because with the help of the community, I am able to provide a worthy graduating senior with a $2,000 scholarship. Nothing feels better than to help someone achieve their goals.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.