Ernie Sims Set to Host 15th Annual Charity Weekend in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Every second Friday in July for the past decade and a half, Ernie Sims has returned to his hometown to give back.

The 15th annual Ernie Sims Charity Weekend returns next Friday, and this year’s event will be bigger than ever.

Sims played football at North Florida Christian, then at Florida State and later in the NFL. Every year he hosts a youth football and pep camp at Tom Brown Park, and the next day there’s an athletics invite.

For 15 year they go big. Twenty community partners will be on hand and coming together to impact children and families, including Second Harvest, which will provide meals to more than 300 families. It’s a big day, and one the Sims family is looking forward to.

“It’s Ernie’s heartbeat. This community for Ernie is so special,” said his mother, Alice. “He always said, I will always come back to Tallahassee. This will always be my home. The people of the Tallahassee community have been invested in his life. Raising are Tallahassee He wanted to give back, and he said the kids, seeing the smiles on their faces, is what makes his day every day.

It’s a big weekend, starting Thursday, July 7 with a golf classic at Hilaman Golf Course from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday is the 15th Annual Football and Cheer Camp, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Tom Brown Park. The invitational track is Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are several ways to register. You can stop at any Leon County park and recreation center, or you can call Alice Sims at 850-322-3929.

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