Curtis Brinkley doesn’t have lot of time before training camp begins next month with the San Diego Chargers. Brinkley, Chargers running back who starred at West Catholic and Syracuse, will do something nice for his Philadelphia neighborhood.
Curtis Brinkley’s Second Community Day will take place at the Abbotsford Community Homes, Fox Street and Roberts Avenue. The event will be held on July 7 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brinkley grew up in this East Falls community. He knows how important it is to give the youngsters in this neighborhood something positive to do in the summer.
“It’s a great event,” Brinkley said. “We want to build off last year just having different guys come up from the league. I have LeSean McCoy (Eagles running back) coming. I got Jameel McClain (former George Washington High star) coming from the Baltimore Ravens. I got the twins (former Prep Charter standouts) Marcus Morris (Phoenix Suns) and Markieff Morris (Houston Rockets).
“I was born and raised in this development. It’s just a day to sign autographs, take pictures and talk to the kids. They’ll have a chance to talk them and they’ll let the kids know how they were able to get to where they are today. We want to show the kids that it’s more out here than some of the negative things that’s going on.”
In addition to the special appearances from professional athletes, there will be food, beverages, face painting, contests and other activities. It should be a big day for Brinkley as well as his community. Moreover, this should be a big year for Brinkley with the Chargers. A year ago, he scored his first NFL touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Brinkley scored on a two-yard run. The 5-foot-9, 208-pounder is ready to make a solid contribution this season.
“I started off on special teams,” said Brinkley, who was signed by the Chargers in 2009 as an undrafted free agent. “I had that game on Monday night. That was big and having the opportunity to be able to start. I’m really looking forward to this year.”
Brinkley has been a sensational football player going all the way back to his scholastic days. In 2003, he rushed for 2,294 yards using his speed and great open field moves. After a year at Hargrave Military Academy, he played some good football for the Orange. Brinkley rushed for 1,165 yards and ran for 14 touchdowns his senior year. The former Catholic League standout is happy to be in a position as a professional athlete to make a difference in his community.
“This is something I always thought about doing,” Brinkley said. “I always dreamed about being in the NFL and wanting to give back. I want to make life a little easier for kids. Now, I’m in a situation where I can do that. It really makes me feel good.”