The Mike Alstott Football Camp is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2006. The youth football camp, hosted by the popular Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback, has two sessions – a non-contact youth fundamental camp for grades 8 and below (must be seven years old by July 1, 2006) on June 21-24, and an intense senior high camp for grades 9-12 with helmets and shoulder pads on June 26-29. To celebrate the camp’s 10th anniversary, prices have been rolled back to $150 per youth for the four-day session.

According to the official website of the Mike Alstott Football Camp, the camp was “established to provide young athletes between the ages of 8-18 the opportunity to develop fundamental football skills in a well-supervised, organized and enthusiastic environment.”

The Mike Alstott Football Camp takes place at the Skyway Complex in Tampa, which is home of the Tampa Youth Football League, and is located at the intersection of George Road and Independence Parkway close to Tampa International Airport.

David Ross, who has been the camp’s director for all 10 years, is now an assistant coach at Illinois State University after serving as the athletic director and head football coach at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Ross and head coach Denver Johnson are reunited after coaching together at Oklahoma State in the mid 1980’s. Ross’ recruiting assignment for the Redbirds will be the Tampa/St. Petersburg metro area.

Ross and Alstott recruit current and former Buccaneers players to assist with the coaching, in addition to reaching out to college coaches for their participation. In past years, coaches from Miami (Fla.), Minnesota State, Florida, South Florida, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Army, Illinois State, Murray State, Nevada, Louisiana-Lafayette and others have participated in the Mike Alstott Football Camp.

However, the star coach at the camp is always Alstott himself, who takes a real hands-on approach when dealing with the sessions, according to Ross.

“I have never been associated with a pro player that gives so much back to the kids,” said Ross. “On a wet day, Mike will be the muddiest ‘kid’ out there. It is an honor and a privilege to direct Mike’s camp.”

The 2005 Mike Alstott Football Camp sessions were sold out, and Ross is encouraging participants to register early to reserve their spot. Visit Alstottcamp.com for more information.

Pewter Report is a proud sponsor of the Mike Alstott Football Camp, along with the Authentic Team Merchandise “It’s Buccaneer Heaven” store, Burger King, Coca Cola, the Marriott Residence Inn on Boy Scout and the All Sports Community Center.


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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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