It may have been surreal for Weatherford’s Kapron Lewis-Moore Friday but for the almost 70 kids, parents and many more fans who showed up to see him, it was the chance to meet a budding NFL star.
And no-one went away disappointed.
For the first time since the 2008 Weatherford High School grad left for the University of Notre Dame, Lewis-Moore was able to come home and do something he’s always wanted to do - give back to the kids in the area. Known as simply “Kap” to many, the now Baltimore Ravens defensive player signed autographs, took pictures and helped boys and girls with both offensive and defensive drills.
“It means the world to come back and hang with the kids, come outside and get active a little bit,” Kap said. “To have everybody come out and everything, it’s just a good time.”
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Originally planned as a $10 per child event, it ended up costing the 68 boys and girls nothing, thanks to Jerry Durant Auto Group, SouthWest Ford and Paschall Insurance who all chipped in to pick up the tab.
“I’m excited the kids got to participate and that we kept it a Kangaroo event,” said WISD’s Charlotte LaGrone. “We planned it small since it was the first one but we definitely expect it to grow next year and keep growing.”
Richard Scoggin, WISD’s Executive Director of Athletics, said bringing back someone like Kap gives local children a positive role model to look up to.
“It’s great that [Kap] can do what he is doing and come back and show kids that it can be done the right way,” Scoggin said. “Kids need to see that if you set goals, work hard, do things right and keep your nose clean like he has, good things can happen to you.”
Though he was drafted by the Ravens in 2013, Kap spent last season rehabbing an ACL injury he suffered at the National Championship game while at Notre Dame in his final season. This year has been different, as Kap attended OTAs and mini-camp and is due back in Baltimore in mid-July.
“I feel 100 percent,” he said “I tweaked a hamstring but it’s all good.”
Kap’s visit home ended Tuesday but if everything goes as planned, his family won’t be the only ones who get to see him again soon - the Dallas Cowboys host Baltimore in preseason action Aug. 16 at AT&T Stadium.
“OTAs went really well and I am ready to show what I can bring to the table,” Kap said.