July 7th and 8th provided opportunity for 15 local aspiring football players who traveled to Hutchinson, MN and participated with 450 other campers in the Chad Greenway Day to REACH Football Camp.
This is not the typical x’s and o’s type of camp. Each year the group has a theme, and this year’s theme was ‘Selfless’. Aside from two full days of football drills, strength conditioning, instruction from the National Guard, high school coaches, present and former NCAA athletes, and Viking Chad Greenway himself, these young men received instruction on being more concerned with the needs and wishes of others than their own. In fact, the name REACH is an acronym for Responsibility, Education, Attitude, Character, and Hard work. The six pillars of character were a presentation focal point instructed by former Michigan State defensive tackle Bobby Jones. In his discussion he educated the boys on trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
Brodie Ecker and Carter Spangler were chosen as two of the ‘Hustle Award” recipients.
The opportunity did not stop with just the kids, being on the instruction/coaching staff at an event such as this is hard to put into words. These young men do as much teaching for us as we do for them. It is refreshing and invigorating to see football players working hard, meeting new people, learning to become leaders in their homes, schools, and communities, and simply develop a love for the game. I hope we can get even more kids from more communities next year!
We appreciate the Ashby Lions Club for sponsoring the group with $500 in travel funds.