LeSean McCoy loves to make the most of his Harrisburg visits.
On Saturday, the NFL soccer player, who last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, made a surprise stop at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Camp Curtain YMCA in Harrisburg, hosted by his Shades of Greatness foundation.
"I like to be practical when I'm in my hometown," said McCoy.
The clinic, operated in partnership with the Hershey Pharmacy & Gift Shop, provides eligible residents with more than 400 seconds of vaccine until 3:00 p.m. today.
In addition, the McCoy Foundation sponsors the YMCA's Health Equity Tour and provides access to free mammograms and Pap test screenings, nutritional advice, blood pressure screenings, and training courses on a variety of topics. It also runs until 3 p.m.
Rose Cartnail of Harrisburg was waiting in line at the YMCA waiting for her second vaccine. The clinic made it easy. She said she struggled to get an appointment in three different places.
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"When I heard about this, I called the same day and made an appointment," Cartnail said.
In between, McCoy chatted with the participants and the media during the temperature control in the clinic. Former Bishop McDevitt, 32, said he wanted people to be safe.
"Second, I think a lot of the younger people got the COVID and brought it home to their older parents, grandparents," he said.
He said he hoped to influence those in their twenties and thirties to come out and get vaccinated.
"They think they are invincible," McCoy said, adding that he was fully vaccinated.
Most recently, McCoy has worked in real estate, with an emphasis on creating affordable housing in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New Jersey. At first he said he wanted to own real estate, but as he found out more about it, interest shifted to affordable housing.
"I grew up in some parts of the city that weren't the best. They weren't really nice and I want to change that. I want to be a landlord who cares," he said.
Together with his brother LeRon and his business partner Ryan Sanders, McCoy and his company Vice Capital are transforming the Jackson Hotel in Harrisburg into apartments and planning the development of the block.
When developers come to urban areas that aren't doing well and fix them, McCoy says it makes the community safer and creates employment opportunities.
McCoy also took time to bring up Harrisburg's big sports news, the design of Harrisburg's Micah Parsons for the Dallas Cowboys. The former All-American linebacker at Penn State was number 12 in the NFL.
“Do you know what's so crazy? McCoy said, “I was the guy who went to the NFL from Harrisburg. So now it's like fast forward. Like seeing someone from my hometown on a big stage, that was amazing. "
McCoy first played for the Philadelphia Eagles, then went to Buffalo to be with the Bills and also played in Kansas City. He said he never met Parsons and followed his career calling him a "damn good player".
“He can make a name for himself, he can make a lot of money, and he can be a household name. I'm proud to say he's from here, ”said McCoy.
As for the advice to Parsons, McCoy said he plans to get in touch with him.
“I think this game can be difficult. I want to try to talk to him about what to do to stay there, try to stay focused. You are drawn to so many people – friends, family. Football can be the last one on the list, ”he said.