08/05/2016 - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Getting your kids fit and ready for the school year is key, and a former NFL and USC football star is helping those in South Carolina get ready in a big way. Former Gamecocks and San Francisco 49'ers running back Marcus Lattimore is making the commitment to South Carolina children.
"Well I have definitely been blessed my whole life to have people who invested in me in fitness, sports, and then life in general and coaches and teachers and people who just taught me the correct way to do things, and I have had a few injury's in my life, I had to learn a lot about the anatomy of my body so these football camps give me the opportunity to coach,"said Lattimore.
Lattimore will be hosting a First Choice Fit camp at Carolina Forest High School on August 13. The camp starts at 8:00 a.m. and goes until about 2:00 p.m., and is designed for boys and girls ages 5-17. They'll learn the fundamentals of football different exercises they can take home, and will gain access to free health screenings. The program is designed for families in the state's medicaid program. Lattimore says, " Absolutely, and what they do is they have been kind enough to provide 25 slots open to the first 25 members that come to the camp so those members are free. The message is eat right, get fit and get your well visits and we try to implement that through the camp and those members that come out they have a great time and we kind of of try to change their mind-set a little bit how they look at exercise."
Lattimore says the free health screenings are open to anyone. As for the camp, they can typically take 80-100 young people. He hopes the take-away is about more than football, "Well there is a lot of misinformation out there and then I think the biggest thing is education. Educating them on what's right and what's wrong and how having a healthy lifestyle can benefit you later on in your life and that's the main message we are trying to get across especially to those members who may not have those resources that they need."