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Terrance Jackson sees a potential problem for the next generation of young area athletes and is out to fix it.

The former Midwest City High state football champ turned clothing company CEO recently held a football camp to help area youth through his faith-based lifestyle apparel company, Armor And Glory.

After experiencing his own trials as a prep recruit, Jackson wants to help local kids realize their true potential and prepare them for a life beyond athletics.

"Athletics is just a quarter of your life," Jackson said.  "You still have 75 percent of the rest of your life to live, so you have to now start figuring out what it is you can see yourself doing outside of the game of athletics.  That is what this is all about."

Jackson's message and goals got the attention of a few former OU All-Americans and attracted them to help their friend and direct the next group of kids to take the field.

"It's about connecting," said, former Sooner and NFL receiver, Mark Clayton.  "With that being the case, come behind a brand that's built on connecting people with people to encourage each other I think is beneficial and I believe it will do well."

For the most part all the drills and activities here at Jackson's camp, but he hopes the event and his brand have a lasting impact far beyond just today the same could be said for a few former Sooners and NFL stars who say it's all about giving back.

"Honestly I just hope I impact one person's life," said, former OU and NFL starting safety, Roy Williams.  "I would love to impact all their lives but if only one person is impacted the job is done."

"I don't think they care much about the name," said, former Sooner and Chicago Bear, Tommie Harris.  "Just to see that somebody took some time out of their day is big.  Because there's many guys that are out here supporting that's not famous or celebrities, but they're important because they're breathers on this earth.  And the kids had an opportunity to see people take time out of their schedule to make sure they're important.  But whether you're the poorest man that's working down at a plumber's place or just whatever you can help.  You can give back.  Your pat on the back is no different than any athlete.  It changes lives just to show people that you care."