Tre Boston celebrated his 30th birthday with plenty of good company.
Boston, a North Fort Myers product who played safety in the NFL for seven years, brought his Beyond Belief Foundation Football Camp back to Fort Myers after two years away because of the pandemic.
More than 350 kids attended the camp at the Evangelical Christian School football field on Saturday, participating in pro-style drills as a DJ pumped music throughout the stadium.
"It’s a blessing to be out here with the kids," Boston said.
The event also included food trucks and bounce houses for children aged 7 and below. Kids 8 and above were treated to coaching from NFL pros like Jaylen Watkins, Walt Harris, Stantley Thomas-Oliver, Jabari Price and Brian Burns — several of whom were Boston's former NFL teammates.
For Boston, it was special to bring the camp back.
"That’s why it means so much more because you know the people have been missing it," he said.
He recalled how the last time it was held, WR/DB Chris Graves was at the camp. Graves, who played his senior football season at Bishop Verot, signed to continue his career at the University of Miami.
"Look at him – successful kid at the University of Miami," Boston said. "That’s what you imagine."
Boston was also impressed by the turnout of girls at his camp, pointing out that girls' flag football is a rising sport.
"Those girls are out here working – some of the hardest workers," he said. "I love having the girls because they show the boys up, and they want to compete. That’s what they’re here for."
Boston started Beyond Belief in 2019 to help serve local underprivileged kids. Though Boston noted that his mother always made sure her children were taken care of, he grew up with modest means.
"To be able to do this now, through my foundation, is exactly what it’s about – it’s about getting the youth to believe in themselves, beyond belief, not just the simple things but believing beyond that," he said.
It's not Boston's only local investment, as he opened D1 Fort Myers, a foundational training facility, in March as one of its co-owners along with Jaylen and Sammy Watkins.
Boston said they've had an amazing start.
"Once you’re in, it’s a community," he said. " Yeah, we got the best equipment, we got the shiny stuff, we got the best coaches, but it’s a community that makes us who we are as a facility. It’s the family aspect. It’s the love that we give, the confidence that we give compared to just your regular gyms."
Several area high school teams, like the Cape Coral volleyball team and North Fort Myers soccer teams, have attended training sessions at the gym.
"They’re just taking their game to the next level," Boston said.
It has been a no-brainer for Boston to stay active in his hometown and try to deliver in areas of need he identified when growing up here.
"Where else would rather put your money at than into your community, and into the kids – kids who’ve done exactly what you’ve been and you’ve done," he said.
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