Kinston football star prepares for annual community weekend


KINSTON, Lenoir County - Kinston native Quinton Coples is gearing up to host his Sixth Annual Community Weekend in Lenoir County.

Coples Foundation Board member Nicholas Harvey, who used to coach Coples as a defensive end when he played locally, said he appreciates what his former player does in giving back to the community.

"I am proud to see him continue to come back and give as he's always done to Kinston and Lenoir County," Harvey said. "I'm proud of all my former students but especially Quinton because his heart is in Kinston and he continues to do this even when he doesn't have to."

Coples grew up in Kinston and played collegiately at North Carolina before being drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He's played for the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams and is currently an unsigned free agent heading into the upcoming NFL season.

Looking for a new team to latch on with hasn't stopped Coples from putting on this weekend's events, which will help local youth. Following Friday's kickoff reception, the event moves to a football camp on Saturday morning, followed by a 7-on-7 tournament and a 5-on-5 basketball tournament. The event wraps up on Sunday with a community cookout.

All of the events are free and are held mostly at Kinston High School, with the Sunday cookout set for Southeast Elementary School. More information and registration for the football camp is online.

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