McCourty, Vermont & overcoming obstacles

June, 20, 2012
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Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty is heading north this summer, but it's not for vacation. He'll be holding a football camp in Vermont and his upcoming presence is part of a story in today's Burlington (Vt.) Free Press.

In a Q&A with Alex Abrami, McCourty explains why he likes holding camps for kids.

"My father passed away when I was three. When I was young, I could go to the football field or basketball court and just get away. I used to volunteer at a basketball camp in my high school and I always felt kids needed a chance and have something going on in their lives," he says. "They needed something to be inspired and to be motivated. I think it’s something me and my brother wanted to do."

Touching on the biggest obstacle he overcame to reach the NFL, McCourty reflected on losing his father.

McCourty's message isn't one just for kids, as he's a scheduled speaker along with his brother Jason at the NFL's annual rookie symposium this year.

"I kind of felt honored that they asked us to come back and speak," McCourty said last week. "Just going to share some things that I went through and see if I can get the rookies getting a little head start going into their first year."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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