FSM Feature: Rhamondre Stevenson Gives Back To Las Vegas Youth

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New England Patriot running back Rhamondre Stevenson, a local Las Vegas high school football legend at Centennial High School, teamed with NYS for his second annual free youth football camp to give back to the youth of Las Vegas.

 

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If you are a sports fan, you’ve heard the story many times before. A local athlete makes it to the pinnacle of their sport, strikes it big, and one of two things happens. The first is that the player seldom comes back to the community and gives back (while the community continues to support them). The second is that the player returns home and gives back to the city and those who helped him succeed.

Current New England Patriots and former Las Vegas Centennial Bulldog running back Rhamondre Stevenson is the latter.

The Las Vegas high school football legend returned home and teamed up with NYS for the second annual Rhamondre Stevenson Youth Football Camp on Friday, June 28th, and Saturday, June 29th, at Centennial High School. Over 150 kids from K-5th grade attended Friday; on Saturday, over 150 kids in 6-8th grade participated in the free camp.

For Stevenson, this was an opportunity to return to the community he loves. While playing at Centennial High School, he starred on the field as the Bulldogs’ primary running back. Stevenson led the Bulldogs to the NIAA semi-finals back-to-back seasons, only to run into the back-to-back-to-back high school national champions, Bishop Gorman Gaels. 

Even then, Stevenson flashed his potential against those teams. In his junior year against the eventual national champions, he took the opening handoff 75 yards to pay her to give Centennial a surprising 7-0 lead. The Bulldogs went on to lose the game, but it set Stevenson up nicely for future success.

 

But if you go back even further, Rhamondre Stevenson got his start playing football in Las Vegas with NYS Nevada.

 

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NYS is the largest youth sports organization in the state of Nevada. 

Over 26,000 Nevada youth play various sports through NYS annually. In addition, 6000 kids from 60 schools play in the Nevada Choice School Athletic Association (NCSAA).

Some of the names of former NYS players in the NFL include Stevenson, Brevin Jordan, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, and 2024 NFL Draft picks Rome Odunze, Troy Fautanu, and Jaden Hicks. 

Stevenson credits NYS for his development on the field. That’s why it was an easy decision for him to team up with them in 2023 for his first youth camp and once again this year.

No matter the amount of success any player has on the field, it won’t mean a thing if you’re not taking care of business in the classroom. NYS has helped thousands of local Las Vegas youth have a safe place to go after school and provides an environment for players to develop their skills on the field and in the classroom.

Stephenson did that as well. However, even with success in the classroom and on the field, the recruiting process after high school was still difficult.

 

Rhamondre had to take the very difficult JuCo route to reach his dreams. 

 

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Upon graduation from Centennial, he decided to attend Cerritos Junior College in Cerritos, California. After two stellar years there, Stevenson saw the offers start rolling in from big-time colleges.

He committed to the University of Oklahoma and its head coach, Lincoln Riley. In his first five college football games, he scored a rushing touchdown. He played in 13 games in his first season, rushing for 515 yards on just 64 carries. 

In his second season in 2020, he played in six games, running for 665 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 18 passes for 211 yards.

In his final two college games, Stevenson showed what he can do. He had 195 yards from scrimmage in a 41-13 win over Oklahoma State. A few weeks later, in the Cotton Bowl, he ran for 186 yards and a touchdown on the way to the MVP award.

The New England Patriots selected Rhamondre Stevenson in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. In his first season in the NFL, he ran for 606 yards and five touchdowns. The following year, he ran for 1040 yards and five touchdowns and established himself as the Patriots’ lead back. 

In 2023, Stevenson played in 12 games and ran for 619 yards with four touchdowns in a trying year for New England.

This off-season, the Patriots rewarded Stevenson with a four-year, $36 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed as their featured back. 

 

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In a ceremony before the start of the youth camp, Centennial Bulldogs head coach DJ Campbell and Stevenson’s former offensive coordinator, who is still coaching at Centennial, Stan Standifer, surprised Rhamondre.

The Centennial coaches announced in front of Stevenson’s family and over 400 people in attendance that Stevenson’s #3 Bulldog jersey would be the first to be retired by the school for any football player. 

Stevenson spoke to the youth about the importance of school and NYS. How much of a pivotal role his family plays in his life; he took pictures and signed any and everything the campers brought up to him free of charge.

Rhamondre Stevenson had help from some of his former high school teammates, including the NCAA career kick return touchdown leader, Savon Scarver, to lead the drills for the youth. Stevenson also enlisted the help of Mike Waters, founder of Phase 1 Athletics, a local training company, and his trainers to help lead the drills for both days of the free camp. 

Rhamondre Stevenson is a testament to perseverance, determination, and the type of character you would want your kids to look up to. He has earned everything he has accomplished by using determination, grit, and belief in himself, even when he didn’t think it would be possible.

 

High School football season is right around the corner, and no one has you covered like FSM. Make sure you stay tuned for all your 702HSFB action and news right here. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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