Earl Chambers Hosts Youth Football Camp at LaGrange College – LaGrange Daily News
Earl Chambers’ annual youth camp was back at LaGrange College on Thursday, but this time with a twist. What used to cost around $150 for the two-day camp is now free. This is the first year the camp has been free and the number of young people in the community has grown exponentially.
“We wanted to do it for free this year to attract as many kids as possible,” Chambers said. “We want to involve the community as much as possible”
The plan has worked so far, over 100 children have come out on the first day of camp on Thursday and Friday, even more children will come out as Chambers said over 130 children are registered for Friday. Boys and girls ages 8-14 flocked to Callaway Stadium on Thursday for a morning of fun. The camp lasted until early afternoon as the rain mostly stayed away.
In the early morning, the campers worked on their offensive skills.
“At first we did an agility circuit and then we really dug into the offensive game,” Chambers said. “We taught them a lot about attacking today and we’ll focus on defense and special teams tomorrow.”
Once I turned around in the afternoon, the campers were able to play Panther ball. The campers were divided into groups where they played a few two-handed football matches on shortened pitches.
“This is the most important part to [the campers]. They love to play Panther ball,” Chambers said. “It’s something they can control and they can just play football.”
One of the main reasons camp is going so well is the help Chambers receives from his coaching staff and, more importantly, the player. Players of all ratings walked out with smiles as they helped the kids discover the game that gave them so much back. It wasn’t just the upperclassmen who came out to help facilitate the camp, but the lowerclassmen as well, and Chambers was extremely happy to see some of his freshmen taking the initiative and coming to help.
“I know football is one of the sports where the athlete isn’t recognizable because of the helmet, but it’s a way for the community to put a face on a jersey,” Chambers said.
It’s Earl Chambers’ last camp of summer 2022, and for once the best has truly been saved for last. Seeing young kids go out and enjoy their time with college athletes and coaches is what sports are all about.