Keenan Lewis, the New Orleans Saints cornerback who grew up on the West Bank, has been an outspoken advocate against violence in his home city in years.
And with awareness at a peak after the shooting death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith last Saturday night, Lewis has made good on a promise to put together a free football camp for kids, and then some.
Lewis announced Thursday that he plans to hold a camp on Saturday for kids from 6-18 at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park from 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m., followed by a Peace Rally that will last from noon to 1 p.m.
Registration for Lewis’s football camp can be found at his foundation’s website, www.thekeenanlewisfoundation.org.
Lewis is also asking activists of all kinds, from social clubs to teachers and outreach programs, to participate in the rally.
“At the Peace Rally we will discuss solutions on how to stop the violence in NO, then eat, hang out & have a good time!” Lewis posted on his Twitter account. “Free food & music!”
Lewis, who signed with the Saints as a free agent in 2013 in part to return to his hometown, has been an outspoken advocate against the city’s violence problems, and his brother-in-law was killed in a December shooting, along with the man’s pregnant girlfriend.