Quan Bray to host youth camp
Published 2:30 pm Friday, July 6, 2018
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
He’s coming home.
For four seasons, three at Callaway and one at Troup, Quan Bray did a lot of special things on the football field.
Bray went on to excel for four years at Auburn, and he’s preparing for his fourth season in the NFL.
In a little more than a week, Bray will be back at his old stomping grounds to offer a free one-day camp.
The camp will be held at the Callaway High practice field, and all boys and girls from the ages of 8 to 17 are invited to participate.
The camp will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, and anyone interested needs to be at the school by 8:30 a.m. to register.
Bray, through his Quan Bray All-Purpose Foundation, has offered a number of youth camps over the years, including one in Harris County last summer.
Now, Bray will be bringing a camp to his hometown, and to a school where he was a star for three years before transferring to Troup for his senior season.
At last year’s camp at Harris County, Bray was joined by some of his peers in professional football, including Jordan Jenkins of the New York Jets.
Bray’s hope, through the camp and other avenues, is to be an inspiration to young people.
“You just show them that whatever vision they have is possible,” Bray said at last year’s camp in Harris County. “Always set your goals high. Do the best you can. No matter what you do, put that drive to it, and you can do it.”
Bray began his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts, and he spent three seasons with the team.
Following a 2017 season that was cut short because of an injury, Bray explored his options, and he ended up signing with the Bills.
Bray, as was the case with the Colts, will be a wide receiver and kick returner with the Bills.
Last season with the Colts, Bray returned 17 punts for a 5.3-yard average, and he had 18 kickoff returns for a 23.9-yard average.
Bray also had three catches for 39 yards last season.
While Bray is heavily focused on making the most of his time in the NFL, he enjoys being there for young people when he can.
Bray has himself overcome plenty of obstacles, including the tragic shooting death of his mother Tonya before his freshman season at Auburn.
His message when he speaks is one of the power of perseverance.
“No matter what you’ve been through, you can definitely make it,” Bray said. “It’s the mentality of what do you want to do. No excuses. You can go whatever you want to go.”
QUAN BRAY CAMP
WHEN: July 14, from 9 a.m. until noon
WHERE: Callaway High
AGES: Open to boys and girls ages 8 to 17
REGISTRATION: At 8:30 a.m. at the Callaway multi-purpose facility