Former Chief Tyreek Hill hosts youth camp in Joplin

NFL wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, hosts a one day youth football camp at Joplin High School

JOPLIN, Mo. –  Dolphins wide receiver and former Kansas City Chief, Tyreek Hill, hosts a football camp today at Joplin High School.

“He’s my favorite player,” camper Chloe Parkers says. “He’s my role model and everything.”

“My mom is a Chiefs fan, my whole family is Chiefs fans,” says camper Jett Beal. “It’s pretty great to see him.”

“Any time that I can come out and be a spotlight in a kids life and push the game forward, I’m all for,” Hill says.

Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins this offseason after spending the first six years of his career in Kansas City. He remains loyal to the area.

“I’m going to retire a Chief no matter what,” Hill says, “They’re they only team that believed in me when nobody else did.”

Hill says the community and fans in Kansas and Missouri will always be special to him.

“Coming back here is like home for me,” Hill says. “I got drafted here and I feel like I became a man here. So it feels great to come back. I’m going to always come back and give back to the community of Kansas City.”

Hill is already fulfilling that promise. Today’s camp consists of lectures, contests and a chance for these local athletes to learn from their favorite NFL player.

“It was pretty awesome. He dabbed me up and everything,” Parker says. “I’m loving it here.”

“I want to the see the game evolve,” Hill says. “That’s why I’m here. To teach these kids about being competitive and teach these kids about speed and stuff like that. You can have all the talent in the world but a good listener is always a winner in my book. Just being coachable, listening to small details and adding it to your game. I feel like anybody can play football you just have to put your mind to it.”

Today’s camp was the third of four camps led by Hill in the area. The final camp is scheduled for Sunday in Columbia, Missouri.