Rashad Jennings hosts hundreds of kids at "Camp 180"

Current "Dancing with the Stars" champion, and Lynchburg native, Rashad Jennings is all smiles during an autograph session during his "Camp 180" at Liberty University on Saturday, July 8th. (Photo: Dave Walls/WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - He's the current winner of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars".

He's an accomplished football running back, who starred at Liberty University, and with several NFL teams, most recently with the New York Giants.

And for one weekend, he's back in town, giving back the way that he knows best. Putting smiles on faces in the town he grew up in.

The camp welcomed 500 kids to the turf of Williams Stadium, where Jennings made his mark as a prolific running back for the Liberty Flames. The camp's popularity boosted by Jennings' run through season 25 of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars", where he partnered with professional dancer Emma Slater to claim the mirrorball trophy. During the whirlwind year, Jennings states ups and downs of both football and dancing has been extremely hectic, but it's helped open doors in areas he never imagined. "I think everybody got shocked that I could dance, because I shocked myself!"

Coming off the year of football and dancing he's had, Jennings says kids should never be afraid to take chances. "It's ok to be different" says Jennings. "It's ok to try things, it's ok to spread your wings. And I want these kids to take my work ethic. You know, I'm not the most talented guy. I'm not the most special guy in the world, but I will put my work ethic up against anybody, any day."

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