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"Dinner with Emmitt Smith" helping area youth

"Dinner with Emmitt Smith" helping local disadvantaged youth. Source: Lee Peck, FOX 10 News "Dinner with Emmitt Smith" helping local disadvantaged youth. Source: Lee Peck, FOX 10 News
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

If you're a football fan, Emmitt Smith needs no introduction. The former Dallas Cowboy and Pensacola native was in the Port City paying it forward and reuniting with one of his old teammates Thursday night.   

Smith was the keynote speaker at a fundraiser benefiting the Palmer Williams Group - a nonprofit helping disadvantaged youth. 

"For me it's just an extension of who I am and what I do... I don't look at my every day activity as a job - I don't see it as work. I see it as fun! And I see it as an opportunity for me to share my life experiences - good, bad, and indifferent," said Smith. 

Smith was invited to speak by his former Cowboys teammate Sherman Williams, who co-founded the non-profit with David Palmer. 
    
"Emmitt was one of the first people who welcomed me when I moved to Dallas. It was a great partnership then. We are just a continuing that on and hopefully we can have more of an impact on the community - than just winning a Super Bowl together. Now the real deal life experiences are starting to take place. We hope we are able to be a part of a good experience," said Williams. 

The Palmer Williams Group provides summer camps for local kids -- focusing on physical fitness and life skills development.  

Also getting behind their effort is the Reese's Senior Bowl. The organization donated $14,600 to help the PWG construct a field for its youth football team the "Prichard Cowboys."

"If you change one young person's life and implement the character they are going to need. You never know when they could come back become a leader within the community and then they gave back and they pay it forward to the next generation," said Phil Savage, Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director. 

And if they need an example, these young people don't have to look far. 

"We understand the ups and downs, the highs and the lows that come with the life of disadvantages of certain communities, cultures, and areas. We want to try to give those kids opportunity," said Williams. 

"It's not where you are today because where you are today doesn't necessarily dictate where you will be tomorrow. But you have an opportunity -- and I underline opportunity -- to transform yourself into something special," said Smith. 

The Palmer Williams Group will have its 4th Annual Athletic Youth Camp this Saturday June 17 at Chickasabogue Park, 760 Aldock Road, Eight Mile. The camp is from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

For information on the Palmer Williams Group and how you can help click here. 

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