Chris Maragos and his Badgers buddies lead camp for kids

RACINE (WITI) -- Former basketball great Charles Barkley once said that athletes shouldn't have to be role models for kids -- parents should. However, several NFL players who played college ball for the Wisconsin Badgers believe it's important to set the right example for youngsters who look up to them.

Chris Maragos and his ex-Badgers buddies held a camp in early July for kids at Racine Horlick High School -- Maragos' Alma Mater.

They say it's a chance to teach life skills and football skills.

Maragos transferred to Wisconsin from Western Michigan, and is now in his fourth NFL season. The Safety debuted with the 49ers and has spent the last few years with Seattle.

Joining Maragos for the camp was Jimmy Leonhard, who walked onto the Badgers football program from tiny Tony, Wisconsin. Leonhard became a three-time All Big Ten performer and an All-American.

The New Orleans Saints safety and kick return specialist is in his ninth NFL season.

And then there's Bradie Ewing. The Richland Center, Wisconsin native worked his way into the Badgers lineup as a special teams player before becoming the team's starting Fullback.

After missing his rookie season with the Atlanta Falcons due to an injury, Ewing's now healthy and raring to go.

The Chris Maragos Skills Camp is designed for student athletes entering the 9th - 12th grades for the 2013-2014 school year.

The list of camp staff includes:

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