Bucs QB Josh Freeman will host his annual youth football camp next Wednesday and Thursday at Wesley Chapel High School and is for children in grades 1-8. Freeman will be on hand both days and will provide hands-on instruction for Bay area youth looking to improve their football skills.
The Buccaneers wrapped up their mandatory mini-camp earlier this week at One Buccaneer Place but Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman has one last camp to participate in before taking his final vacation of 2013. But instead of Mike Sullivan and Greg Schiano bending Freeman's ear, Freeman will be the coach, mentor and example to over 100 of the area’s up and coming football players as the Josh Freeman ProCamp that kicks off Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Wesley Chapel High School.
Unlike some professional athlete's camps, Freeman doesn’t just attach his name to it, show up for a few minutes and dash out with a check, but instead spends all two days working directly with the kids, talking football, life lessons and mentoring the young players.
Freeman talked about some of the things he learned growing up and what he feels he offers during the two-day affair.
“When I was young and coming up I had my dad, so I basically had football every day as much as I wanted because of his background as a player in the USFL and a stint in the NFL,” Freeman said. “He was there teaching me all the time. But I remember coming to camps like this and learning so much. As a kid you think you know what to do and you know what’s up, but coming to camps like this you get the fundamental work – the work that is oftentimes passed up at an early age.
“It’s all about fundamentals and work ethic with life lessons tied in. I was fortunate it. It’s crazy to think that every kid playing football is getting it. What you see all the time is it is about the most talented. You have the kids that are talented and you let them go out and win the game for you. It’s not about, ‘Hey, let’s get the team better and let’s start with fundamentals.’ This is a great opportunity to do that and for all these kids to come out and get the fundamental work and have some fun.”
Freeman’s camp is conducted by some of the area’s best football coaches with years of experience working with all age groups. Freeman wants the kids to have fun, but also get a firm grasp of the basics. The participants are divided up by age into several teams and spend the better part of the first day working on all aspects of the game.
“Fundamentals, footwork drills, blocking and tackling [technique] – we do it all,” Freeman said. “I’d like to think that some of the best fundamentals making me a football player came from camps like this. I think it’s great to give these kids the opportunity to get some great coaching from some great coaches and learn from them.”
Over the course of the two days the camp will include instruction, games, skill competitions and Freeman spending time during the games with each team. After the camp is concluded each participant receivers an autograph for Freeman along with a team photo with Tampa Bay’s signal caller. The coaching staff also presents a certificate to each player ranking their strengths and also things they should continue to develop.
"I am excited about camp next week and am looking forward to working with some of the top talent in the Tampa area,” Freeman said. “It is going to rock at Wesley Chapel!"
The Josh Freeman ProCamp is for children grades 1-8 and is June 19-20, at Wesley Chapel High School. Each daily session runs from 9-12:30 p.m. and snacks, drinks and assorted camp items will be available for purchase.
For price, registration and more information on participating visit:http://www.procamps.com/joshfreeman
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