New Orleans Saints defensive back Usama Young certainly has a lot to celebrate, especially after earning an NFL Super Bowl ring in just his third season as a pro. But if you ask the Largo, Md. native, he’ll tell you that celebrating is the last thing on his agenda. Instead, he focused on reaching greater goals in life, and wants the youth from his area to carry the same determination he does.

That’s why Young has been back in his hometown this month, preparing to host the 2010 Stay Focused Weekend scheduled for June 24-26. The three-day event will feature a “Dinner for Dollars” charity drive, celebrity basketball game and bartending event and the second annual Usama Young Stay Focused Football and Cheer Camp.

“Dinner for Dollars” will be located at Chick-Fil-A in the Boulevard at the Capital Center on June 24 from 5 to 8 p.m., and will feature an autograph signing and meet and greet with Usama. Chick-fil-A will donate 20 percent of all dining room sales to the Usama Young Youth Foundation.

Youths will also be able to meet some of Usama’s buddies on June 25 during the Athletes vs. Entertainers Celebrity Basketball game. NFL players and cheerleaders will take on local radio and TV personalities from 6 to 8 p.m. at Usama’s alma mater, Largo High School.

More than 200 kids will then meet back up at the high school on June 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn football tips and run drills with Usama and other pros. The football and cheer camp is free and open to youths 12-15.

“I wanted to work with kids attending middle school or just entering high school because I know that’s the age where most youths know what’s right from wrong,” Young told the AFRO. “They know what it takes to work hard to succeed; they just need help focusing, and that’s what this weekend is all about.

“Giving back not just to the community, but especially to the kids, is of the utmost importance to me,” Usama continued. “ ‘Stay Focused’ is a motto that I’ve used to push myself for a long time and now I’m in position where I can help others around me stay focused, too.”


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor