BELFRY — Campers enjoyed fun and fundamentals at David Jones football camp on Saturday which was held at Haywood Field Stadium on the campus of Belfry High School.
Around 50 campers showed up to “the CAM” on Saturday for a full day of drills, prizes, competitions, and one on one time with veteran football players. Jones brought in a staff of current and former players and coaches to help teach these kids the game of football.
This is Jones third year operating the camp.
“It’s been an awesome day, I couldn’t ask for a better camp, or better kids. Everyone is happy and full of energy,” said Jones.
Jones said he does this for the kids most of all but it also helps build the community. “It’s hard for these families and kids around here to travel and spend money on big camps that are so far away, I love being able to give the kids of this area something that they can really enjoy that is so close to home,” Jones added.
The day started off with defensive and offensive drills, followed by skill building and fundamentals. After lunch campers enjoyed seven on seven drills and competitions where they were able to win prizes. Every camper got a free shirt and free lunch. Jones said they had more than a hundred give-away’s, the top ones were autographed footballs and even tickets to UK football games. To finish off the day Jones brought in a special guest speaker to share wisdom and motivation with the young campers. Morehead State University Defensive Coordinator Dontae Wright spoke to the children about life and football.
Jones said that they were really focusing on teaching safety this year. Heads up football has become a really important part of the game, the younger that kids learn about it the safer they will be. Heads up football is all about staying mindful and minimizing the risk of injury, it teaches players to keep their head up during play.
Campers in attendance ranged from Pop Warner and Little League all the way up to high school players.
Jones was very appreciative of the help and sponsorship he had received to help make the camp possible. Jones said that one day he would like to have enough sponsorship to make the camp free to any kid that wants to come.
Despite the weather, campers were all smiles.The threat of rain held off for most of the day but finally showed up around lunch which moved the camp into the basketball gym. No one seemed to mind, the kids were having a great time learning from seasoned veterans and building friendships through the great game of football.