UNION COUNTY — Kyle Browning was one of the best running backs I have ever had the opportunity to see play at the high school level. His speed and agility on the field was unbelievable. When you but the ball in the hands of Number Five if he could find even the smallest of creases, he was gone. Paired with wide receiver Roscoe Crosby, the duo was the best in the state in 1999 and 2000, and possibly the best since.
KB left Union High School and went on to play college football at Clemson, where he had a good career and earned a degree. Browning, now 35 and living in Atlanta, hasn’t forgotten his hometown, and the people that helped make him the man he is today. That’s why Kyle will be hosting the third annual Black and Gold Football Camp on June 16 at Union County Stadium.
“The reason I do the camp every year is because growing up in Union, we never had anyone come back and give the kids an opportunity to learn football skills and life lessons,” said Browning. “I want to show kids that you don’t have to be perfect, or have been dealt the best hand, to turn out to be a model citizen.”
Browning will have a plethora of help teaching kids how to play football, as he will bring in a number of former college and NFL players to help him lead the camp. Some of the coaches that will be helping Kyle out this year are: Leroy Hill (Seattle Seahawks), Rashad Jackson (Clemson), Tye Hill (St Louis Rams), Maurice Fountain (Seattle Seahawks), Airese Currie (Chicago Bears), Charles Brandon (Newberry), Ben Hall (Clemson), Justin Knox (Citadel), and some other familiar names.
In addition to hosting the camp every year Kyle also gives a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior.
“I was blessed to have my my education paid for and even if I couldn’t do the same for someone else, I wanted to give what I could,” Browning said. “With the help of the community, I have been able to do that and help a worthy recent graduate.”
Education is a very important thing for Kyle, and he credits football with helping him achieve the goal of graduating college.
“Football was my vehicle, but education was my license, Browning said.”
Kyle so far has awarded two of the scholarships to deserving seniors. In 2016 the recipient was Alexis Garrett and in 2017 it was Heather Petty.
Boys and girls ages six to eighteen are invited to participate in the camp. The camp will be Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Union County Stadium. The fee for the camp includes a camp t-shirt and lunch the day of the camp. Parents can register their kids online by going to blackandgoldfbcamp.com. When signing up online make sure to sign the waiver and release form.
Tyler Shugart is the host of “Bump and Run” from 7-9 a.m. on Fox Sports 1400 AM 98.3 FM in Spartanburg. He can be reached at [email protected]