INDIANAPOLIS — A youth football program is helping boys in Indianapolis become young men.
Dozens ages six through 12 with the Indy Steelers met in the cold and wind for a skills camp Saturday afternoon.
This comes in the wake of the tragic death of the program’s founder — Richard Donnell Hamilton — last month.
“Leadership, accountability. I learned a lot about teamwork."
That's how the sport has benefitted college football player Dontaye Hamilton.
“I’m here to give the kids a lot of my knowledge and what I know," Hamilton said.
Hamilton says it gives the kids something to push and grind for.
“It keeps them away from a lot of violence and danger going around in the city," he said.
Indiana State Police say Richard Donnell Hamilton was shot and killed by an alleged road rage shooter near I-65 in Greenwood in January.
The Butler-Tarkington community feels his loss heavily.
“I didn’t want him to die because he was a good coach," Nine-year-old Jaion Myles said.
Myles says he plays in honor of his former coach.
“I’m a do good for Coach Nell, so he could see me in heaven," he said.
Indy Steelers are now accepting players for the spring 7 on 7 and flag football season.
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