JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 26, 2014) – Campers from grades 4-8 gathered inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center Saturday morning as ETSU Football Head Coach Carl Torbush and his staff hosted the Carl Torbush/ETSU Football Kids Camp presented by Chick-Fil-A at the Johnson City Crossings.
The two-hour camp allowed attendees the chance to receive personal instruction from ETSU coaches and players, and improve their football skills and techniques.
For many campers, the clinic also served as an opportunity to further pursue dreams of playing collegiate football.
Erwin, Tenn., resident Gary Hopson brought his grandson Charles, 11, to Saturday’s camp.
“For years, all he’s ever wanted to do is play football,” Hopson said. “It’s a chance for him to stay in this area.”
John Richardson of Bristol, Tenn., echoed Hopson’s remarks.
“He’s hoping to someday get a scholarship to play football here,” Richardson said of his 10-year-old son, Eli.
Torbush and his staff understand the opportunity they have to make a lasting impression on the youth of the surroundings communities.
“This event is not only good for ETSU Football or ETSU Athletics,” Torbush said. “It is good for ETSU as a whole. Being on campus and making memories here is how you develop a love for it. These are the kids who will be watching us in two years.”
Saturday’s camp took place inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center, which hosted ETSU Football games for years prior to the program’s disbandment following the 2003 season. Now, with the resurgence of Buccaneer football on the horizon, ETSU coaches and fans, alike, are eager to introduce ETSU Football to local children.
“When I was a little kid, I remember sitting up in the stands, watching ETSU Football, and having a good time,” Richardson said. “I want my son to have that same experience I had.”
In addition to receiving instruction from ETSU coaches and players, campers also received an ETSU football t-shirt and snacks provided by Chik-Fil-A at the Johnson City Crossings.
“I would like to give a great thank you to Chick-Fil-A at the Crossing,” Torbush said. “They have gone above and beyond to help us make this event so special.”