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Football Clinic teaches life skills

This summer, Hobart Assistant Football Coach Kevin DeWall ’00 and other area football coaches have joined forces with members of the Buffalo Bills football team to offer the 2008 Junior Player Development Clinic for area youths. Throughout the week, participants receive instruction in the fundamentals of football, like blocking and tackling, from NFL-selected high school and college coaches. “The clinic gets to the core of football. It teaches you not just the fundamentals of technique, but also how you can have fun,” explains DeWall. The program combines technical, on-field skills development with life skills and character development in a constructive, supportive environment. “It’s not just a football camp; it’s a life-skills camp,” explains Site Director John Evans. “We reinforce positive themes like responsibility and leadership.” Each day, a new theme is enforced through the context of football. The goal is to teach players how to apply these life skills on the field, in school, at home and in the community. “We want to make sure that our campers understand how character carries over to football,” says DeWall. On Monday, the players had an opportunity to meet Scott Greene, head football coach at the University of Rochester, who stressed the importance of responsibility. “In order to be the best, you’re going to have to make choices. Do you want to be a leader or a follower?” asked Greene. “Be aware of the young kids that watch you while you’re on and off the field. Make a difference and do the right thing.” Sponsored by the NFL and held on the HWS campus, the Junior Player Development Clinic is open to boys and girls, aged 12 to 14, and runs from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Monday, June 23, to Thursday, June 26. Registration is closed for the 2008 clinic.