MIAMI (WSVN) - Former Super Bowl champion and University of Miami star Duane Starks is giving back to the next generation of athletes.
With the help of other South Florida pros, the former cornerback and his foundation put together a one-of-a-kind, multi-sport test of endurance event, pitting local parks against each other.
Three point shootouts and shuttle drills were topped off with a dip in the pool.
“Not everyone’s a football player and not everyone’s a basketball player and not everyone’s a swimmer,” said Starks. “Let’s blend it all together and just have a triathlon.”
“All these different pockets here in Miami, you know, Overtown, Liberty City, North Miami, just develops and breeds tons and tons of competitors, athletes,” said former NFL runnning back Fred Taylor. “A lot of these guys are future Hall of Famers.”
For Starks and his circle of pro athlete friends, raising money for South Florida’s youth is a no-brainer.
“Duane Starks is special, he truly is,” said former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning. “He’s a product of this community. Miami is truly fortunate to have a person like him.”
“We’ve had our time so now let’s raise these kids in the way that they should go,” said Starks.
Adding what the young student athletes had to endure for the past year, last weekend’s event was exactly what they needed.
“It’s nice to finally be outside ’cause the corona trapped us inside,” said 8-year-old Rasheed Thomas. “Now we get a chance to do something.”
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