FORT MYERS, Fla. — Fort Myers native and Super Bowl Champion Sammy Watkins recently brought home a Super Bowl ring for the Kansas City Chiefs and has done so much to give back to his hometown. More recently helping young dancers in his community. The Fort Myers Juniors Firecats at the S.T.A.R.S complex center in Fort Myers have made their way to the Ycada Global Dance Competitions in Atlantic City, New Jersey this Saturday.
“When he heard about it, he grew up in Fort Myers, he knows all of the people in Fort Myers, and he and his wife really wanted to give back to the community”, said Jacqueline McMiller, Sammy Watkins Aunt.
However the team did not have enough funds to attend, until their coach reached out to Watkins' aunt, who said, Sammy was ecstatic and wanted to help.
“So since they had not raised a significant amount and it’s going to be costly, to fly to Atlantic City, for housing and food and everything, he wanted to make sure they had nothing to worry about when it came to that”, said McMiller
McMiller says after winning the Super Bowl, she gets a call from her nephew.
“That being one of the first thing that he did right after the Super Bowl on Sunday, and says I want to make sure they are good, they’re straight, we want to make sure they are able to move forward,” said McMiller.
Not only is she proud and grateful but the teams head coach is as well.
“With Sammy we are just blown away, he’s an inspiration to everyone, all the boys growing up playing football, even the girls, they look up to him just because of the amazing things he has done for the community,” said Felton Williams head coach for the Fort Myers Juniors Firecats.
Adding the girls are excited and ready to bring home the gold.
“They are ecstatic, we are all nervous to fly on a plane, but otherwise we are very excited and ready to get down there and do our city proud and do Sammy proud. He brought home the Super Bowl ring and he want to bring home the global ring,” said Williams.