Marcedes Lewis
Long Beach Poly

Marcedes Lewis Camp Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Earlier this month at Long Beach Poly, the Marcedes Lewis Foundation hosted its 10th annual free football camp for Long Beach youngsters. The camp was attended by more than 400 players and took place on Poly’s softball and baseball fields while the campus’s new all-weather track and turf football field are being installed.

There were dozens of volunteers as usual, from Lewis to NFL Pro Bowler Willie McGinest to new Poly football coach Stephen Barbee, who was there with his staff.

“It’s amazing to see an alum come and give back to his community year in and year out and we want to support that however we can,” Barbee said.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, Yvonne Withers (Lewis’ mother, who runs his foundation and puts on the camps) wanted a special surprise for the campers: Tommy the Clown’s legendary dance group put on a show for campers after the day’s activity was done.

“We wanted to do something really special and surprise the kids for the 10th anniversary,” said Withers.

Lewis will play for the Green Bay Packers this year after 12 years with the Jaguars.

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.