Ellington Elite camp continues to be huge hit in Lowcountry

Ellington Elite camp continues to be huge hit in Lowcountry

**Story and photo by Kyle Heck**

The first year that Bruce and Andre Ellington held a football camp at their former high school, Berkeley, there were about 400 kids that showed up. However, at the fourth annual "Ellington Elite" camp on June 23, there were nearly 1,000 elementary and middle school aged children that participated.

In fact, the past three years of the camp have had about the same attendance, and it's becoming one of the more popular events in Moncks Corner. 

"I didn't know there were this many people in Moncks Corner," former Gamecock and NFL player Langston Moore joked. "You can tell why Bruce and Andre have been so successful because they have so many people behind them. It's very cool to see all these young guys out here, and you don't know who's the next Bruce or Andre."

Moore and another former Gamecock, Preston Thorne, were on hand to help out the Ellington cousins. Thorne was the PA announcer while Moore helped lead some of the drills.

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Bruce Ellington was a two-sport star at South Carolina, leading the football team with 49 catches for 775 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. In 2010, Ellington was named to the SEC All-Freshman team as a starting point guard for the Gamecock basketball team. 

He declared for the 2013 NFL Draft and was a fourth round pick of the San Francisco 49ers, his current team. Bruce Ellington was scheduled to start at one of the wide receiver spots for the 49ers last year, but a torn hamstring in the preseason caused him to miss the entire season.

Bruce Ellington is working to get back into football shape for the upcoming year, but had a blast running around with the campers at his former stomping grounds. 

"It's always good to come back and support your hometown," Bruce Ellington said. "This is where we started at. To help them see that dreams do come true if you work for what you want and keep God first, everything else will take care of itself."

Andre Ellington, a former star tailback at Clemson and a current member of the Arizona Cardinals, has helped Bruce with the camp every year. They may have went on to play for rivals in college, but the two Berkeley legends have always been close with one another. 

"It's been special," Andre Ellington said of the camp with his cousin. "Our main focus is to try and give back to the community and provide something that's going to keep everyone involved. Show the kids that sports are a way to see the world. It's a tool that you can use to go to school and get an education. It's been exciting to have it every year, and hopefully we can continue to grow it."

Along with the two Ellingtons, former Clemson star Jarvis Jenkins was also in attendance and spoke to the campers.