PL youth take the field for football camp
Nearly 150 young athletes took to the gridiron at Pequot Lakes last week to take part in the annual Patriot Youth Football Camp.
Campers attend Aug. 10-12 – with grades K-4 taking part in the mornings and 5-8 in the afternoon - to go through football drills and learn proper techniques from varsity coaches, with several varsity players volunteering their time to help out.
“It was great to see so many kids excited about football camp and the opportunity to connect with the varsity program players,” varsity coach Bill Magnuson said. “The varsity kids that volunteered their time to run the camp did an awesome job with their positive energy. As a coach it was refreshing to be working with campers to enhance their football skills and learn about the Patriot football program core values.”
Each day, campers would go through stations pertaining to various on-field positions, as well as conduct some more team-based activities, all while trying to have a bit of fun.
“I was so excited that I even went hoarse from all the cheering and directing,” Magnuson said. “It is fun as a coach to learn names and connect with the future of Patriot football. I am excited with the numbers, but more excited about the passion the kids express for Patriot athletics. Friday nights in the future are going to a great time for these campers.