Jimmy Raye free clinic June 23 in Fayetteville
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Jimmy Raye free clinic June 23 in Fayetteville

NFL Senior Advisor's 13th annual free football clinic features NFL players and coaches

Photo: Jimmy Raye working a previous camp as a New York Jets assistant.

The 13th annual Jimmy Raye Youth Foundation free football camp is Tuesday, June 23 at Jack Britt High in Raye's hometown of Fayetteville. The school is located at 7403 Rockfish Road.

Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the free clinic at 2 pm. The clinic is for boys and girls ages 6 to 17; they must be accompanied by an adult.

Jimmy Raye Youth Foundation website

Raye, the South's first black quarterback to win a national title at Michigan State in 1966, is in his 39th NFL season as an NFL Senior Advisor. When the San Francisco 49ers hired in him in 1977, there were only three other black assistants in the league. He was one of the first black coordinators when Los Angeles Rams head coach John Robinson hired him as his offensive coordinator in 1983. 

Raye made his first career start for the No. 1-ranked Spartans in the 1966 season-opening win over North Carolina State and received the game ball from head coach Duffy Daugherty. After the game, NC State coach Earle Edwards said it was time for his school to begin recruiting black athletes. Edwards was a former Michigan State assistant along with Daugherty on Biggie Munn's staff. 

Among NFL players and coaches working the clinic: Vonta Leach, Joe Horn, Cam Thomas, Dwayne Allen, Xavier Thomas, Desmond Bryant, Ernest Byner, Bryan Cox, Don Johnson, Pep Hamilton, Earl Wolff and Brandon Ghee.

Here is a story on Hamilton, the Indianapolis Colts' offensive coordinator from Charlotte, working at the 2014 clinic:

Hamilton pays back man who opened door to NFL coaching

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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