Jarvis Landry may be garnering fame and fortune in Miami, but his presence in the River Parishes will endure for a long time to come.
Landry, a Miami Dolphin and former LSU receiver, held his second annual Jarvis Landry GiveBack event Friday morning at Lutcher, his high school alma mater.
“Every year, we want to try and make it bigger. For me, coming up in this same building and in this town, we never really had anybody come back and was consistent at doing this for the kids and the community,” Landry said. “I promised myself that when I make it to the NFL, when I have the resources and the ability to come back and give my time unselfishly, I will do so. I feel like I would be doing a disservice to this community, this coaching staff, to all the people that helped me get to where I am by not coming back and doing something.”
Camp participation was up from 50 last year to 100 on Friday. Although Landry and other organizers wanted the camp to grow, it was capped at 100 to make sure local youngsters from ages 10-12 had an opportunity to participate.
“We went to the local youth football organizations, the Gramercy Tigers, Lutcher Bobcats and the Vacherie Rams and had them sign their kids up,” said Dwain Jenkins, current Bulldogs head coach and Landry’s offensive coordinator at Lutcher.
It was a true St. James Parish event. Helping instruct the campers were current Lutcher quarterback Jontre Kirklin and running back Daevon Adams, along with St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse and Arron McKinney, a former Wildcat and current Nicholls State receiver.
“It’s definitely different to see,” Landry said members of normal rival schools working together. “My offensive coordinator, Dwain Jenkins, he was fortunate enough to be the head coach over at St. James so he’s developed a relationship with those players over there that’s carried back over to this side of the river.”
“At one point in time, we couldn’t talk to them and they couldn’t talk to us,” recalled Landry, with a broad smile across his face. “He’s kind of broken that and it’s amazing to see these guys can come out here when they could be in summer camps and things like that to help me. Down the road, when they make it to the NFL, now they see that sometimes this is what it takes to come back and be a part of the community.”
Ensuring Landry’s presence at Lutcher is his establishment of the Building Winners Academic Scholarship of $5,000, which will be awarded annually to a Lutcher High senior.
“One of the things that I wanted to do was find a way to give back even more to a place that helped me become everything that I am,” said Landry. “It helped my career prosper and have the opportunity to open this for anybody. It’s something I’m passionate about and just having the opportunity to give back is everything. I’m excited about it.”
The camp and scholarship is something else to add to the list of what makes River Parish football special.
“It’s everything,” said Landry. “It’s a religion here. I can say having played here it’s the only place I know that shuts down the whole city on Friday nights to come watch a football game in this parish. To come back and see that tradition is still alive and people still live for Friday nights is amazing.”