All Out Sports, a sports ministry of Old North Church, held its first Youth Football Camp on June 20 and 21 with approximately 85 participants coming out to join in all the action.
Ryan Farr, pastor of middle school and sports ministries, along with several area coaches and youth sports mentors, provided numerous drills and competitions that allowed students in kindergarten through eighth grade to learn the fundamental skills of the game in a way that was fun and exciting.
To start the camp, players were taken through a stretch and fitness session led by coach Jaime Fortune and Olympic-trial sprinter Andre Mitchell. Once they were all warmed up, campers were sent through a series of eight stations, focusing on techniques and skills such as agility, pass catching, throwing, defense, and route running. Among the list of camp instructors were several well-known area gridiron coaches, including Dan Yeagley, head football coach at South Range, and Tom Sims, assistant head football coach at Youngstown State. Fitness and agility training was provided by TransRes Workout instructor Jaison Boyd.
"It was truly amazing to see some of the skill these young athletes have," said Farr, watching players as they went through their drill stations. "You can see just how much fun they are having playing the game, and they are being taught today by some of the Valley's best."
Campers had a break from the action halfway through the day when they were able to enjoy a snack while listening to a message from Old North children's pastor and former Michigan defensive lineman Cyle Young. Students returned to the field after the break to participate in four additional drill stations. Participants ended day one with a meal and quick cool-down game.
During day 2 of the All Out Football Camp, participants had the opportunity to put some of their football skills to the test during the Punt, Pass and Kick competition. The competition involved four events, with students competing for the prize in four different age groups. The campers put on a show for parents and instructors, with several high marks being set throughout the competition. The camp concluded with an award ceremony ad prize giveaway for all Punt, Pass and Kick participants.