"We wanted to do something for the kids and this is our way of giving back," said Steve Warren.
The dog days of summer aren't typically spent on football fields and basketball courts, but for this one weekend.These two arenas are building dreams.
"A lot of kids just need someone that they can lean on and talk to. Not really to lecture them but just to be a role model and a guide for them," said Warren.
And that's what big dream weekend is all about, using a game plan providing youth with positive role models through the love of sports. Kickapoo standout and Green Bay Packer Steve Warren thought of the idea back in 2006.
"It's not just about the football side of it or the basketball side of it. Its about the relationships and being able to help out your hometown. It was important that we not leave home and forget where we came from," said Warren.
From the football field to the basketball court, Steve Warren isn't the only one with a big heart for mentoring kids. Fellow Kickapoo grad and recent signee of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, Anthony Tolliver has also joined the camp for the fourth consecutive year.
"It's something we wanted to think outside the box and do something a little different. Being both from Springfield, its an opportunity we couldn't pass up," said Anthony Tolliver.
Through a lot of hard work, and well, some dancing, Tolliver and Warren are impacting more than 100 kids over the weekend. For them, the message is simple.
"The biggest part about basketball is about having fun. We have an opportunity as professional athletes to bring good or bad. It's our job to bring positive influences," said Tolliver.
"There is a lesson and a mission to this. The mission is that if you surround yourself with good people, good things will happen to you. Everyone is not going to make it to the NFL, but like the commercial says everyone will go pro in something," said Warren.
In Springfield, Daniel Shedd, KOLR 10 sports.
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