Instruction from former college and NFL standouts? With a Portsmouth native and former college standout himself leading the charge?
Who’d say no to that?
That kind of instruction is exactly what Gerald Cadogan is offering at his annual Gerald Cadougan Football Camp, which will run throughout the day on Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Complex on the campus of Portsmouth High School.
For Cadogan, the camp is a massive opportunity for kids to receive additional training in the fundamentals and techniques that are so important in the sport of football.
“I try to bring the best guys that my resources allow me to gather to create a good football camp in Scioto County,” Cadogan said. “I want to have a football camp that allows the kids in Portsmouth and in surrounding areas to learn the game of football, as well as the fundamentals that go along with it.”
The camp, which will take place rain or shine, will be split up into two different sessions. The first session, which consists of students from the third through the seventh grades, will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will primarily center around the basic nuances of the game of football. The second session, which consists of students from the seventh grade on up, will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the students in the last session participating in combine drills such as the 40 yard dash and the shuttle, among other events.
“For the younger kids, it’s all about the fundamentals, practicing, and playing safe football,” Cadogan said. “So with them, we’ll be going over stance, posture, and some of the basic fundamentals in the game. As for the older kids, it’ll have more of a combine aspect to it, as kids will be tested in the 40 yard dash, the shuttle, and the broad and vertical jumps. This will allow them to see how fast and strong that they are compared to some of the other athletes in the area, as well as getting some of the basic fundamentals for the game.”
In addition to Cadogan, Gerald’s younger brother, Nate, along with former Tennessee Titans captain Tim Shaw — who played for four NFL teams over seven seasons and is winning a valiant battle against ALS — along with Tiffin University quarterback coach Donnie Johnson and DeOn’tae Pannell — are also listed as coaches who will help at the camp. All five players played their collegiate football at Penn State.
“I’m looking to expose the kids to some of the playing and coaching talent that the game has out there,” Cadogan said. “There’s current NFL players alongside former college and professional players, and they’ll be able to give these kids the tools and the knowledge to have some success on the field as well as off of it. We’re just looking for the campers to bring a good attitude and work ethic as we try to show them what it takes to be successful on the field.”
Registration can be completed online at http://geraldcadogan.com/store.html for $20. By registering, campers will receive a t-shirt, a sports bag, and additional gifts. Gatorade, water, and light snacks will also be provided, and the SOMC LIFE Center will be on hand to provide trainers throughout the camp and facilitate the warmups that will precede the start of each session.
Campers are required to bring football cleats and a player waiver form. Cameras can be brought if players would like to take pictures with the guest coaches at the event.
For more information about the camp, as well as the biographies of Cadogan and each of the guest coaches participating in the one-day camp, visit http://geraldcadogan.com/index.html.
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