JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 11, 2015) – Following the Mountain States Health Alliance Blue-Gold Game on Saturday afternoon at Kermit Tipton Stadium, the ETSU football team hosted a special kids clinic.
Approximately 100 youngsters participated in on-the-field drills instructed by current players and coaches. The clinic started off with participants going through warm-up activities such as wind sprints and stretching before breaking off into smaller groups for position drills.\
The boys and girls went through a 10-station drill session followed by a pep talk from ETSU head coach Carl Torbush. Torbush knows the importance of having a fun event that involves the community.
“We want to be a community school,” Torbush said. “From fans to alumni, past lettermen to young kids, the more people we get to fall in love with ETSU players and coaches, the more people we have at the games.”
The children got a chance to practice on the field with ETSU players and coaches. For one young camper, the chance to interact with the players was the highlight of the camp.
“I like being next to the big players,” the camper said. “And the drills were fun and I learned a lot.”
Current players helped with the instruction of the drills, sometimes appearing to have more fun than the campers themselves. Players cheered on campers as they finished each drill, reminding freshman defensive lineman Ferguierson Charles of his times at similar camps growing up.
Charles said in addition to having fun with this camp, it gives the players a chance to give back to the community.
“I remember having a lot of fun at football camps,” Charles said. “So it’s nice that we can help the community.”
The clinic came to a close when coaches, players and campers met at midfield for final words from Coach Torbush and a final breakdown with the team and campers. With a sizeable turnout, the team has sparked the interest of a number of young fans.
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