GRAFTON—57 kids in grades third-eighth showed up to McKinney Field earlier this week, to take part in a youth football camp presented by the Grafton High School football team.
The camp, which ran for two hours each evening on Monday and Tuesday, gave the younger players a look at how the high school football program is run, while helping them work on their fundamentals and specialty skills alike.
One of the camp’s coordinators, Grafton Bearcats’ Assistant Coach Mickey Foley, had nothing but positives to take away from the two-day event.
“These kids are the future of our program. They worked hard and had fun,” Foley said. “It’s important for us to begin to form relationships with them,” he expressed.
Another Bearcats’ assistant, Coach Michael Johnson, added to Foley’s sentiments.
“It was a great turnout for both days of camp. It’s always great to give back and work with the youth of Taylor County,” Johnson stated. “We were able to show the kids some of the drills that we utilize here at GHS and it’s great that our own athletes get to help out (referring to some of his players from the high school team). The younger kids look up to these guys and for them to take the time out of their last week off to help us run this camp is something special.”
During the camp, various awards were given out, which included punt, pass, and kick champions.
Foley went on to say that the camp couldn’t exist without the help of others outside of the program who made the event a complete success.
“We want to thank all of the local businesses who support our program and who made a donation so we could provide a free camp to the kids,” he said. “We also want to say thanks to the parents who allowed their kid(s) to participate in the camp.”
“Last, we want to thank the GHS football players and coaches who worked with the youth for the past couple of days,” Foley added.