Titans Quarterback Holds VY Community Weekend in Hometown of Houston

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. --** Titans Quarterback Vince Young was a busy man this past weekend in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Dubbed the "VY Community Unity Weekend," Young got the chance to make a significant impact in the city. In a place where football is king, Young's accomplishments on the field are only matched by the incredible amount of work in the community he does off of it.

In addition to holding his annual Vince Young Youth Football Camp (375 participants), he also held a Cheer, Dance and Twirl Clinic for the girls in attendance (175 participants), a celebrity basketball game which pitted "Team VY" against music superstar Nelly's "Team Nelly," a gala benefiting the Vincent Young Foundation and a Community Unity Day when over 2,500 Houston residents came out to enjoycarnival rides, live entertainment and free food.

"We had a little something for everyone," Young said. "If they were not playing golf, then they were enjoying music and free food. If not doing drills, then they were playing games or enjoying the carnival. It was a fun and eventful weekend."

 

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The camps, clinics and community day were all free to the public. Young also found time to squeeze participating in the LP Building Together Golf Tournament in which all proceeds went to charity. After all of the events, signing a high number of autographs and taking even more pictures, Young said the weekend exclusively for the community was all worth it.

"Being in the community where it all started at was pretty special for me," said Young. "For all of the people to come back and support me like they did keeps me humble and lets me know that the things that I am doing mean a lot to them and that they are behind me 100 percent."

Held at Butler Stadium in southwest Houston where Young dominated on the gridiron for the Madison Marlins and entrenched his name in Texas football lore, the fans came out in groves to the see hometown star.

 

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Close to 20 of Young's Titans teammates and several more players from across the NFL made the trek to Houston to show support to a person long recognized since his days at the University of Texas as an ambassador to the community. Also in attendance were players from the NBA and from Major League Baseball showing their support.

"The weekend was a lot of fun. Just to see how much Vince does to give back to the community, the attendance that he had, all of the attractions…it was a good event," said Titans defensive tackle Tony Brown. "Not only being his teammate, but also a close friend, I was happy to support him and be a part of it."

"It means a lot to me to have so many guys from my team, other NFL teams and other sports showing their support," said Young. "They know how I am as a person and every time I come into contact with them I show a kind heart and respect as they do with me. So anytime I call and ask them for anything, they will come to support me in any kind of way and that works both ways."

 

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Young is not done. He will hold free camps in Austin and Nashville this summer. A Titans Community Man of the Year All-Star in 2008 who now entering his fourth year, he will be eligible to be nominated for the Titans Community Man of the Year Award.

Asked why giving back to the community and helping others means so much to him, Young simply replied, "It was just a way of showing my love, giving back to the community and showing my support the same way they show me support."

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