Cape Coral’s Tre Boston, NFL player recently signed by the Arizona Cardinals, is an all-around great guy. He also likes to give back to his community. He hosted 200 youth at his 1st annual football camp recently at his alma mater, North Fort Myers High School.
We had the opportunity to ask Tre a few questions:
What made you want to come back to Cape Coral and do a football camp for the youth?
I live in Cape Coral but I’m originally from Ft Myers. So I wanted to have a camp that would unite all of the 239. It’s definitely something that we will do annually, along with other events.
What is the best piece of advice that you could offer to the kids in our community?
Don’t be afraid to be different. It takes a different mentality to get out of the city. Peer pressure makes kids fall into things that won’t help them become successful. So being different and not caring what’s cool or in with the kids, as long as it’s right, is what I try to tell the kids that I speak to.
What is the best piece of advice that you could offer to the parents?
Invest in your children, believe in their dream 100% and support them with no doubts. My mom used to say I would make it to the NFL at 6 yrs old. She did everything to make sure I would achieve my dreams. Youth coaches and parents looked at her crazy and questioned her, but now we laugh because determination goes a long way.
Is there one youth coach in particular who stands out in your memory?
I had great mentors along the way. One was Mr. Ken Burns. He was my assistant principal at North; he’s at Dunbar Community School now. I try to make time to see him no matter where he teaches.
Do you still stay in touch with any of your old friends from Cape Coral?
I have a great group of friends. Maybe around 7-8 that I grew up within Ft. Myers and Cape Coral. Some moved away, but we make time daily to keep in communication.
What is the best piece of advice that your mother ever gave you?
Grind Hard, day in and day out, because there’s always someone who wants it more than you and is grinding harder than you. There is always somebody in a worse situation trying to get out.
Photos by TS Gallant Photography