Coming home for football camp


There’s no place like home for Madisonville High School football standouts Chris and Alonzo Whaley, who returned last week to host their annual football camp.

Chris, a running back, and Alonzo, a linebacker, went on to play at the University of Texas and Nebraska University, respectively. Their mother Annie still lives in Madisonville and they have offered the two-day Hope for Youth Camp for three years.

Alonzo Whaley, 26, said he and his brother were fortunate to receive college educations and they want to encourage local youth to do the same.

“We try to put it in perspective,” said Whaley, who earned a degree in criminal justice in 2012.

Chris Whaley was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 but has been plagued by injuries.

Alonzo Whaley said this year’s camp drew about 35 teens and 40 youngsters. The Whaleys volunteer their time as a way to give back to the community.

“Growing up I didn’t have those kind of people to look up to,” Alonzo said. “You can do a lot in Madisonville. We saw a lot of kids with a lot of potential. In fact, every one of them has potential.”