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ALBUQUERQUE — Dreams of one day playing in the NFL are now a reality for Lobo and current Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Lamaar ‘Flash’ Thomas, who saw action in his first NFL games during the 2013 season.
But before Thomas kicks off his second season in the league, he’s looking forward to taking part in a youth football camp on Saturday, June 28 in Rio Rancho, that he’s worked on since the end of last season.
“This is something I’ve been wanted to do since college,” said Thomas. “I had the opportunity to go to the same camp when I was younger, so I know first-hand how much fun that was for me.”
The Fort Washington, Md., native is thankful for the unique position he’s in to be a mentor and role model for so many kids that are in the same position he was in just 10 years ago. It’s an idea he’s brainstormed many times previously with friend and former coach, Dan Foley.
“We are excited to have such a great young man and role model helping the youth of our community,” said Foley.
The camp will be open to children from the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas for no charge.
The Rio Rancho High School coaching staff will be co-hosting the event, and organization including the Boys and Girls Club of America, the local YMCA and Rio Rancho Department of Parks and Recreation will assist in enlisting children. The camps will take place at Rio Rancho High School, 301 Loma Colorado Blvd NE. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the camp will kick off at 10 a.m.
For more information on Thomas, visit his website www.MrFlashThomas.com. Interact with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest via the handle @MrFlashThomas.
Last year with Jacksonville he saw action in two games, catching two passes for 31 yards, both of which went for first downs.