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Life, nor football is easy. A former Conway standout’s camp will offer keys to both

Now running backs coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio after several years at South Carolina, former Conway standout Everette Sands is hosting a football camp for area youths on Saturday.
Now running backs coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio after several years at South Carolina, former Conway standout Everette Sands is hosting a football camp for area youths on Saturday. dmclemore@thestate.com

For decades, Conway has proven to be a hotbed of talent, regardless of sport.

And with such success, many have come back home offering gifts — whether it be monetary or them utilizing their time to better the lives of those still at home.

Though football has taken him from one corner of this country to the other, Conway High alum Everette Sands hasn’t forgotten where he got his start. In the same vein, he is hoping Saturday will serve as a launching point for youths from the local municipality to offer success stories of their own in coming years.

Area youths are invited Saturday morning to the Billy Gardner Recreation Complex in Conway to take part in the WES Foundation’s — an organization formed by Sands which stands for Work Everyday = Success — inaugural Fundamental Football Camp.

Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, with those from grades 3-8 allowed to participate.

“Being from Conway, I’ve been saying for a while that I’d like to give back to the community and put on a good camp,” Sands said.

Formerly a running backs coach at the University of South Carolina, a Southeastern Conference rule would not allow him to host such an event. However, with his moves to the University of Texas-San Antonio, he is now able to follow through on something he had pursued for some time.

“The main thing is, I’m just happy we could bring this to fruition,” he said. “Through the years, we’ve had a lot of talent come through (Conway High). If they are under the age of 50, they played under (Conway football coach Chuck Jordan). Part of my wish was to get some of those guys to come back, and be able to pour into the lives of our young kids.

“If we are able to affect one young life, I’d say it was a success.”

Lending a hand at the event will be a host of Conway High football alums, along with former teammates and players he coached at The Citadel and University of South Carolina, respectively, along with a host of other friends he’s earned through the years.

To preregister or find out more information, visit www.wesffc.com.

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @JoeLHughesII

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