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Jameel McClain reaches out to help kids

Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain will host the first of two clinics on Fitness & Football at the Edgewood Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. He plans to hold a second clinic in Baltimore City in July.

The Edgewood Boys and Girls Club is located at 2002 Cedar Lane, Edgewood, MD 21040. The clinic fee is $25 per child, and is open to children 6 to 15 years of age. To sign up, go to www.jameelmcclainfootballcamp.eventbrite.com or call Julie epps at 443-484-4569.

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McClain is also participating in a unique program with five other NFL players in his hometown of Philadelphia on June 17-18. Organized by Andre Odom -- McClain's best friend from childhood -- and Stevie Draper, the event will feature a free SAT and ACT prep class on Friday, June 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Triumph Baptist Church (1648-52 Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia).

The event, the 1st Annual Legends of the Pub Football Camp, concludes with football drills on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 2011 high school juniors and seniors at Marcus Foster Football Field, located at Germantown and Hunting Park Ave. Both sessions are free, but to participate in the football camp, a player must also participate in the SAT and ACT prep class.

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Along with McClain, other NFL players -- and Philadelphia natives -- who will participate are Raheem Brock, Jahri Evans, Brent Grimes, Dominique Curry and Curtis Brinkly.

Odom, a branch manager at PNC Bank in Philadelphia, came up with the idea while visiting Baltimore last December to see McClain and catch a Ravens game. Odom said he has lined up as many as 12 speakers for the Friday session.

"We wanted to do something different, something trendsetting," Odom said.

He will have a representative from the NCAA Clearinghouse talk players through the process of going to college for football.


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