When New York Jets defensive tackle and Coppell alum Solomon Thomas came up with the idea of hosting a youth football camp in Coppell in 2019, his intention was to give back to the community of the city where he played high school football. He also wanted to show boys and girls that, through hard work, they too can make it to the highest level of their desired profession.
Thomas’ goal was to make the free clinic a yearly event. But when the COVID-19 pandemic first brought the world to a standstill in 2020, Thomas had to temporarily postpone the event. Then, in a Week 2 NFL game that fall versus the Jets, Thomas, then a member of the San Francisco 49ers, suffered a torn ACL. He underwent successful surgery to repair the injury, one that required him to undergo several months of rehabilitation.