The 49ers safety hosted 150 kids at his free camp and also received a key to the city in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.
Jaquiski Tartt is making the most of his free time this offseason. The San Francisco 49ers safety recently host 150 local kids for a free football camp in his hometown of Mobile, Ala. In addition, Tartt also received a key to the city from the office of the mayor.
The clinic focused on the fundamentals of football and also addressed off-field issues such as the importance of nutrition, staying in school and saying no to drugs. The goal of the camp was to allow one day of football training to impact the other 364 days of the year for each participant. All kids will be partnered with one of the mentors and coaches from the session.
Tartt was joined by his local NFL friends Michael Pierce, Jr (Baltimore Ravens), Jalston Fowler (Tennessee Titans), and Jarvis Turner (Washington Redskins). Each player participated in coaching the kids through series of drills while holding a Q&A with the campers to conclude the camp.
"I have been blessed with great opportunities and I want to repay that favor to those children and let them know somebody does care," Tartt said. "We have a lot of kids here in Mobile that deserve to have someone to look up to. I want to teach them the things that helped me get where I am now like the importance of education, work ethic and faith while having fun."
Mobile's chief of staff Colby Cooper was on hand to present Tartt with his key to the city. Tartt received the honor for his tireless dedication to creating opportunities for local youth.
"Jaquiski Tartt is a true role model for the children of Mobile," Cooper said. "The mayor's office is proud to partner with him to develop programs and opportunities that positively impact our youth. His Next Level Football Camp was awesome and put into motion the impact he can have on children's lives in his hometown. The City of Mobile is committed and proud to support his effort to give back to the City he calls home."
At just 22 years old, Tartt knows his days of giving back to the community are just beginning.
"It's very humbling to be able to come back to my hometown and be honored with the key to the city" Tartt said. "I'm just so thankful, so blessed to be here to be able to do this. If anybody would have told me 4-5 years ago I would be getting a key to the city of Mobile, I'd have thought they were crazy. It's a wonderful feeling. It's probably one of best achievements or awards I've ever received in my life."