Justin Britt puts together another successful All-Star Weekend

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Seattle Seahawks center and Lebanon High School graduate, Justin Britt, hosted a free camp for kids around the area this past Saturday at Lebanon High School.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Current Seattle Seahawks starting center Justin Britt returned home to where it all started to give back to the community of Lebanon with his annual Justin Britt All-Star Weekend.

On Friday, Britt hosted a charity softball game at Atchley Park where a group of Britt’s close friends competed against people from the community.

The Lebanon Family YMCA collected canned goods during the game, and all items were donated to Crosslines Ministry in Lebanon.

He held his annual free camp in Lebanon on Saturday for ages 7-18. Britt had over 100 kids show up for the camp and gave them a once-in-a-lifetime experience with hands-on coaching and interaction with current and retired NFL players.

On hand to help Britt at the camp was former Mizzou running back, Kendial Lawrence, and former NFL tight end and two-time Super Bowl champion, Byron Chamberlain.

Lawrence last played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL and Chamberlain played in the NFL from 1995-2003 for three different teams (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins).

Chamberlain said he could tell that Britt loves this community and enjoys giving back to it as much as he can.

“He wants to see this community be better and these kids are the key to it,” Chamberlain said. “These kids want to grow up and be where we have been, and we have the ability to teach them football skills and put other words of wisdom into their life.”

Britt mentioned he enjoyed getting to come back and give back to the community as always, and thought his camp was a success.

“I do a lot of camps around Washington and different places, but this one (Lebanon) means the most to me, and I always have the most fun when I come home,” he told the campers. “It always humbles me and brings me back to earth, seeing where I am from and the people.”

This past year, Britt has recently started his own foundation called “RunTheRace” and says he hopes that it will be something that helps kids stay on course by creating afterschool programs so students will keep on the right track.

“RunTheRace essentially talks about my life and what it means,” Britt said. “Everyone is running their own race in life and trying to succeed at their personal goals. We all have different paths and tracks, but there are going to be things that try to steer you off the road.

“RunTheRace is a name just to tell you to stay on your path and strive to be a better person and reach your goals.”

On Sunday, Britt and company fought through a rainy day at the GreatLife Golf course in Lebanon but were still able to auction off plenty of memorabilia and other items.
 

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