Before San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead headed out to explore in Greece, he returned to his hometown of Sacramento to hold his second annual free youth football camp. The camp was held in Elk Grove, California and sponsors made it possible for 200 scholarships to be offered to interested kids.
Campers got a nice surprise at the camp when several other NFL players showed up to participate. The kids received coaching not only from Armstead but also his brother Armond Armstead (New England Patriots), Pharaoh Brown (Oakland Raiders), Quinton Dial, DeForest Buckner, and Jaquiski Tartt.
The kids participated in both football and conditioning drills with the players and then were allowed to ask questions to discuss not only football, but school, healthy choices, and other topics. Armstead’s goal was to provide campers with a unique experience on the football field, as well as insight into the hard work and dedication that are needed to make it to the NFL.
“I want the kids to enjoy themselves while also coming away learning that they can do whatever they put their mind to. I want to teach them the things that helped me get where I am now like the importance of education, work ethic, and faith.”
Camps provide the unique opportunity for kids to interact with their favorite professional players. It’s one of the best parts about the offseason. Several other 49ers players have camps in their home towns over the next few weeks. Be sure to follow them on social media to stay updated and we will keep you informed on Niners Nation as well.