|(Davenport, IA – August 13, 2009) – Nearly 200 fifth and sixth graders turned out for the first-ever “Play with the Pros” youth football camp at the OS Sports Dome on Monday, August 10. The event was hosted by the Youth Sports Foundation (YSF) of Muscatine and was sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center and Orthopaedic Specialists, PC.
B&LPR brought OS, the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center and the Youth Sports Foundation together with the idea of holding a football fundamentals camp to engage kids and capture their parents and coaches’ attention in the process.
“The idea was pretty simple, actually,” explained B&LPR’s Mike Bawden. “YSF runs a number of tackle football progrms in the area for young kids – fifth and sixth graders, mostly. By providing an opportunity for those kids to meet and practice with professional football players, we were sure to get parents and coaches coming to the event too.”
Once there, parents and coaches were provided with information on a variety of player development issues from proper nutrition and sleep habits to how to deal with injuries. Presentations were made by Dr. John Hoffman, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in sports medicine and by Ryan Arnold, the director of the Acceleration Program at the Bettendorf Life Fitness Center.
Coach Mike Fox, from the Quad City Steamwheelers, gave a presentation on building a sense of teamwork among players and how to hold an effective practice.
While all this was going on, six current and former members of the Quad City Steamwheelers arena football club spent time with the kids, running drills and providing encouragement.
“It’s a chance for us to give back to the community,” explained Steamwheelers Linebacker Tyus Jackson. “This is part of the reason why we’re professional ball players. You’ve got to give something back.”