One of the best parts about the off season is that it’s the time when players have camps for kids. There are camps everywhere as several players have camps where they grew up as well as in the city in which they currently play. San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman is one of those players. He held a camp in the Washington D.C. area a couple weeks ago, and then flew back out to the West Coast to have his first camp with ProCamps.
ProCamps is one of the most organized facilitators of pro athlete camps in the industry, and there are several. Most of the camps are for kids from grades 1-8 although a few players like Reggie Bush, have camps for kids through high school age.
Bowman’s camp had nearly 200 kids in attendance and ran for two days at Santa Clara High School. The emcee at the event was the ever exuberant Rod Huber who manages to keep his energy level at a 10 for the entire camp. Huber is the head football coach at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH, who becomes camp director extraordinaire during the summer.
The camp begins with opening messages from Huber and Bowman and then the kids break up into small groups according to their age. They practice position drills for both offense and defense. Bowman walked around visiting all groups making sure each camper had a chance to meet and interact with the pro-bowler.
Later the kids played 11-on-11ish games and Bowman stepped in to play QB. The southpaw threw quite a few passes including this bomb to the right:
The day would not be complete without recognition of the military as well as the campers of the day who demonstrated leadership, teamwork and a great attitude.
Proceeds from the camp go towards Bowman’s 4th and Goal Foundation. More info at www.NaVorroBowman.org