THOMASVILLE -- Joe Burns continues to win on the football field -- only this time he won the hearts of area children.

The former Thomas County Central Yellow Jacket, who won a state title in 1996 and '97, held his first football camp Saturday.

The camp was free and attracted more than 100 children to Central's practice football field.

"It was a blast," said Burns. "I appreciate coach (Ed) Pilcher for letting us use the facilities. It was a great day."

The hot and humid day started around 9 a.m. and ended at approximately 3 p.m. The camp was intended for children ages 10-15 but drew some as young as six years old.

The camp also brought together former teammates of Burns, including Joe Hamilton (at Georgia Tech) and Paul Miranda (at Central).

"I enjoy doing this," said Miranda, who used to play with the Miami Dolphins. "I regret not doing this when I was playing."

The day was filled with competitive drills of one-on-one and seven-on-seven action, footwork techniques, along with other football drills.

The end of the camp saw certain individuals rewarded for their superb play. One of which was 13-year-old Josh Choice who won the individual award for quarterbacks. The Central Middle School student enjoyed the chance of working with professional athletes.

"It was fun," said Choice. "I always have something to talk about if asked if I've ever met a professional player before."

Saturday's success also has encouraged Burns and his friends to make the camp an annual event.

"It's definitely something we're going to do next year," Burns said.

"We've got to keep it up every year," said Miranda.

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