GRAFTON— While many see Toothman Ford as just a great place to purchase a vehicle, the community in which it serves knows that the team at Toothman Ford is so much more.
While handling the day-to-day dealings at the lot and working to offer great service and unbeatable prices, General Manager JR Toothman also works continuously to support the youth of Taylor County and has provided several chances for young athletes to take part in once in a lifetime opportunities.
In the past, Toothman Ford has shown support by sponsoring local teams and hosting basketball camps free of charge.
In continuing with Toothman’s mission to provide these opportunities to the youths, in hopes that they will make a positive impact on the lives of those who participate, the dealership will be hosting a football camp later this month.
Slated for July 10, the Team Toothman Touchdown Camp will take over the field at Grafton High School providing insight and instruction to aspiring football players.
The camp will feature special guest instructors Mike Kellar and James “Jed” Drenning.
Kellar is an American football coach and former player, and is the 25th head football coach at Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia, a position he has held since 2019.
He previously served as the head football coach at several universities including, Concord University in Athens, West Virginia; California University of Pennsylvania; and Lenoir–Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.
Drenning is the most prolific passer in the history of the WVIAC being remembered as the only player in league history to top 10,000 yards in passing and total offense, which he accomplished in only three years.
In addition, he was the first quarterback to excel in head football coach Rich Rodriguez’s “no huddle offense”.
Drenning holds every major career passing mark at Glenville State College.
He earned First Team All WVIAC honors in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and was named WVIAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1992 and 1993.
Adding to his accomplishments, Drenning was named First Team NAIA All American in 1992 and 1993.
Additionally, he was the WVIAC All Time Total Offense Leader with 11,319 yards/97 total touchdowns and holds the WVIAC’s Highest Average Career Pass Yards per game.
He was also the 1993 Hardman Award Winner as State Amateur Athlete of the Year and received GSC’s Frank Montrose Award in 1994.
Drenning has played professionally in the Arena Football League and the European Football Federation and also served as an Assistant Coach at GSC in 1994, 1995 and 1999.
There is a $20 fee associated with the camp, however all of the funds collected from entry fees will be donated directly to the WVU Children’s Hospital. There are scholarships available for underprivileged players.
Along with gaining valuable experience and knowledge, each camp goer will also receive a camp t-shirt at no addition cost.
Be sure to register today, as they are only able to accept 200 applicants for players ages 6-16.
Registration can be completed by visiting emsfootballcamps.com.