Good Guys in Sport: Ken Oxendine

Thomas Dale graduate Ken Oxendine is the subject of the first installment of our summer feature highlighting area good guys in sport. If you have ideas for this feature, please share them with me at matoacagolf@gmail.com.

Ken Oxendine was and is an ox. Starring on the gridiron at Thomas Dale, he went on to greatness at Virginia Tech and then enjoyed a career in the NFL. Always humble in his success, he has remained close to his Chester roots. Oxendine, along with his brother, works tirelessly with area youth in an attempt to develop their full potential as student athletes.

In its sixth year, the Ken Oxendine Community Football Camp was held last week at Thomas Dale High School. The camp is football based for sure, with appearances by NFL players, including William Henderson, but it is so much more. The camp addresses real issues faced by our kids, such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, gang activity and a general disrespect for authority figures. The participants are also reminded that their teachers and coaches covet their success and that they should be alert to the opportunities that come their way.

Proceeds from the camp also assist the National Kidney Foundation and work to combat juvenile diabetes.

Although his name lends instant credibility, Oxendine wants people to know that success needs to be a grass roots movement. He welcomes support from area churches and individuals who want to share in the mission of ensuring a better life for our kids. Information on how people can help can be attained by contacting Maurice Oxendine at mauricebigox@hotmail.com.

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