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.
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: