FARMINGTON — For the fifth year, Charly Martin is returning home to host his annual football camp.
Martin, a 2003 Piedra Vista High School graduate and five-year NFL veteran, will host the Charly Martin Football Academy Youth Camp on June 17 and 18 at Piedra Vista High School.
The camp is free for kids in second through sixth grades.
Martin said he looks forward each summer to returning to Farmington for the camp.
"It's the most enjoyable time of year for me," he said. "I was one of those kids looking for camps to go to during the summer, and now I'm blessed to come back and help out the kids."
Martin, 30, has spent portions of the last five NFL seasons as a wide receiver with the San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
Martin hopes the camp inspires kids to go after their goals.
"Really, my main goal is to have fun and to let them know anything is possible and that if they dream big, they can achieve it," he said. "Whatever that dream is, there is hope, and that's what's exciting about coming back to Farmington."
Martin was most recently a part of the Jaguars but was released on Aug. 30.
He completed his master's degree in sports business this past spring at West Texas A&M University.
Martin said he'll probably continue pursuing an NFL roster spot until this September before looking for other areas to continue with the game.
He said no matter what happens with the NFL, he wants to stay involved with football in any way possible. He also said he may look into potential careers in broadcasting and coaching.
"That's one thing I haven't figured out," Martin said. "The game of football is something I see in my future."
The camp will run from 9 to 11 a.m. on both days. Kids are advised to show up at 8:30 a.m.
To RSVP for the camp, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the child's full name, age and shirt size.