TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) – When former North Florida Christian and Florida State standout Ernie Sims was growing up in Tallahassee, he said there were no camps to go to and no one giving back to the community.
After a successful career at Florida State and some time in the NFL, Ernie has made sure he’s given back. For the 10th year, Sims is hosting his charity weekend, and it started Friday morning with 400 kids coming out to his Youth Football and Cheer Camp.
The weekend benefits Sims’ Big HITS Foundation, which aims to honor Tallahassee student athletes for their community involvement, giving them a college scholarship.
Friday night, several former Seminoles came out for a flag football game, and on Saturday, there will be a track meet and a gala.
It’s a good time for everyone involved, and to have the support is part of a bigger mission.
“We’re creating a culture with these kids, knowing what it’s like to get out in the open and give back to the community,” said Sims on Friday. “You never know, when they get our age, they may want to do the same thing. We’ll have camps left and right across the city during the summertime. The more we do that, the more we get the dignitaries to come out and support what we;re doing, we’re creating a positive environment for our society.”
Sims’ black team won the flag football game 27-26.