This year, the annual Boardman Spartan Youth Football Camp was expanded to two days. Throughout Monday and Tuesday this week, younger Spartans got to work out with the high school's senior team players. The camp also included a special guest who showed up on Monday.
"We're proud to have John Grecko here from the Cleveland Browns," said Spartan head coach Mark D'Eramo.
Grecko, a Spartan himself who graduated in 2003, said what the camp does for the younger players is special.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Getting ready to defend following the kickoff are Boardman Little Spartan hopefuls Isaac Land, Brian Preston, Wrentie Martin, and Justin Wagner, who are being led (in center) by Cleveland Browns offensive tackle John Grecko during the Boardman Spartan Youth Football Camp that took place on Monday and Tuesday. Grecko was a BHS class of 2003 graduate who went on to play professional football for the Browns. As for the kids pictured with Grecko, Land and Preston will be attending Glenwood Middle School this fall and Wrentie and Justin will be going to Center.
"This is just an awesome event," Grecko said. "To see the younger kids playing the game we love to play and teaching them football, leadership and teamwork is a big win in my book."
The camp is set up for Boardman students in grades four through nine. They could be planning to play with the Boardman Little Spartans, the middle school teams, or another Boardman-based team such as St. Charles. The concept is to bring them to a camp to learn fundamentals and basic football that is taught by the senior players of the high school team.
"These are the senior players that are on the field on Friday night," said D'Eramo. "They are working with the kids that are the feeder group for our team. It also develops a strong sense of pride in our Spartan football."