By Gregg Bragg, Senior Staff Writer for The Island Connection
Photos courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals
Edmond Robinson’s Football Camp is back for its second consecutive year, scheduled for July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Johns High School (1518 Main Road). Both boys and girls between the ages of 8-18 are encouraged to attend, and registration is free, and includes lunch.
“I’m doing the camp because I want kids to have an outlet from some of the negative things occurring in the world. Last year was a great success so I want to continue to be a positive role model for these youth so they can have hope in their daily life,” Robinson told the Island Connection in an email.
The 2017 camp saw about 200 kids mostly from Wadmalaw and Johns Island attend, anxious to meet and get advice from the local hero. Robinson was a standout student/athlete at St. Johns, Newberry College, and was drafted by the NFL 3 years ago. He was selected 232nd out of 253 spots by the Minnesota Vikings. Robinson spent two years on their roster before being picked up by the New York Jets, and now celebrates his fourth year in the league as an Arizona Cardinal.
Asked if the move meant starting all over again, Robinson said, “Honestly, it’s similar to Minnesota’s scheme. I’m back, comfortable, and feel like I can show my abilities [with] this team. The weather is better [despite] the acid hot summers, but I’m enjoying the transition and everything the state of Arizona and Arizona Cardinals have to offer. It’s the perfect fit. Playing with the Cardinals feels like a better fit. I’m enjoying the grind and the process daily. It’s a great place to be and I definitely should get more reps here.” No matter how far he roams, however, he’s always anxious to come back home.
“My mom is doing great still pastoring, running her business, and helping me raise my son while I’m away. Johns Island/ Wadmalaw is a tightly knit family and we all are close. I love that this is the area I grew up in because it’s family. We all care about each other and look out for one another. The area is small but it makes you appreciate things from a different perspective,” said Robinson, who still feels a responsibility for his high school team.
The St. Johns Islanders had an uneventful season last year amidst some coaching changes. Unable to resist asking about their future, Robinson responded to the question saying, “I believe the coaching situation is great. Coach has been doing a great job [transitioning] the guys to his system. I support him and applaud him on everything he’s doing. Maybe one day down the line I’ll volunteer at the school, but I don’t see myself as a coach though. That’s not in my DNA, lol.” Robinson still works out at the high school every day he isn’t training in Greenville, and everyone’s invited. Students and residents alike are welcome to join them in the afternoons, and train with the pros for as long as they can stand. Be warned, however. Robinson works out hard, committed to exchanging his brass ring for something more ornate, and he is just as determined to giving something back to the community.
Pre-registration for the complimentary July 14 football camp is being handled through CharlestonCountyParks. com. The agenda includes conditioning, position drills, 7on7 competitions, free lunch, awards ceremony and an autograph session, with Robinson and several NFL players, who will be there to help with the camp.
Brandon Shell – offensive tackle New York Jets, Jeremy Cash – linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, Toby Johnson – defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions, and Mycole Pruitt – tight end for the Houston Texans will be there during and after camp to answer questions and sign your paraphernalia.
For more information you can also contact the Charleston County Parks office by calling 843.300.7893 or 843.795.4386.