Michael Bennett hosts free camp for kids, rips Steph Curry for charging $2,000
The Seahawks defensive end is hosting his fourth annual football camp free of charge
Michael Bennett isn't afraid to express his thoughts on any number of topics, from the dangers of Donald Trump to his affinity for Star Wars to his latest target: Steph Curry, the NBA star who is charging $2,000 to attend his youth sports camp in Hawaii.
Meanwhile, Bennett is hosting his own camp in Hawaii -- and it's free.
"I see a lot of different athletes come through Hawaii whether it's Steph Curry or whoever it is," Bennett told KHON 2. "They all come here and it makes me mad, because I live in this community and I understand this community -- that there's so many kids who can't afford to pay such a high amount of money. In my mind it's like, how much money do you need before you start giving back for free? And I think a lot of athletes should start focusing on that."
"In my mind it's like, how much money do you need before you start giving back for free? And I think a lot of athletes should start focusing on that."Michael Bennett, Seahawks defensive end
Bennett continued: "If you do have a camp and you charge money for it, you need to make sure that money that you take from this community, you give back to the kids that are paying for the camp. These are the kids that live here. When you leave Hawaii and you go back to wherever you're at, or you come here and you go back from this vacation you leave with a piece of paradise, but these people still live here every day."
Bennett lives on Oahu and spends much of his time and money giving back to the community.
"That comes from my mom and dad growing up in the community and always giving back," said Bennett, who went to high school Houston and played for Texas A&M. "My dad was a part of the school board, my mom worked in the district for 20 years, and I just always wanted to give back and always make it free. Growing up, I know I wasn't able to afford the things like go to to certain camps or do certain things."
As PFT's Michael David Smith notes, Curry's camp sold out in advance, so there's a market for it. The problem -- at least from Bennett's perspective -- is that parents who can't afford the $2,000 tuition won't be able to send their kids. Luckily, Bennett -- whose camp is entering its fourth year -- is happy to fill the void.
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