James Washington’s Shelter 37 Foundation will hold a free football clinic for youths from fifth to eighth grades on Saturday at Los Angeles Southwest College.
The camp, in its seventh year, is open to 500. They will work with 60 coaches, players and former players. Washington, a former UCLA and NFL defensive back, formed the not-for-profit Shelter 37 in 1993.
“I was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and I never had the opportunity to go to these camps,” said Washington, who attended Los Angeles Jordan High. “To be able have these coaches and players go back and let kids know that ‘you can reach your goal,’ is valuable.”
The camp will also include “life lessons,” Washington said.
“The two things I want to drive home are the importance of making the right choices and the importance of education,” said Washington, who is the assistant director of alumni giving at UCLA. “Education is a process of elimination. It you’re not educated, you eliminate yourself from society. Our goal is to open their eyes to something bigger than their own community.”
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Citrus College lineman Albert Cid said he will attend UCLA.
Cid, 6 feet 3, 325 pounds, will have three years of eligibility remaining. He said he needs to still pass two summer school classes before he can be admitted into UCLA.
“I like Coach [Rick] Neuheisel and I feel I can help the team right away,” Cid said.
Cid is expected to get a chance to start at right guard, with Chris Ward moving to left guard and Sean Sheller moving from guard to tackle.
Punter Jeff Locke, who had off-season surgery on his hip, has been cleared to resume kicking. … UCLA’s game against Texas on Sept. 17 will start at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised locally on ABC and nationally on ESPN.