Once again, area youth football players won’t have to travel far for a quality football skills clinic thanks to Gerald Cadogan’s Football Camp. The Trojan Coliseum will play host to the annual football camp Saturday, June 11, 2016. The camp will enter its fifth year providing a high quality football camp for kids just beginning the sport as well as those looking to fine tune their skills as they play on their high school teams.
Creating the camp was a way Cadogan felt he could give back to his community.
“Basically, what I wanted to do was bring a high quality camp to this area,” Cadogan said. “The main focus of this camp is to expose kids to the fundamentals of football.”
Cadogan said he knows high school players will travel all around the state and participate in various camps, but he wanted to bring a quality camp closer to home for everyone.
“I know some of these high school kids go all over,” Cadogan said. “They go to Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati to get a good-quality camp. I wanted to provide that opportunity for all kids in Scioto County.”
Key items to be addressed by the camp will include proper tackling, blocking, catching and how to play the game and remain as safe as possible.
“Especially with concussions being prevalent within the sport,” Cadogan said. “Proper technique is instrumental.”
While Cadogan’s camp will continue throughout the day Saturday, it will be broken down into two sessions. One session will be for younger players, those playing in PeeWee leagues and who are still green to the game and its fundamentals. The other session will be designated for older players, who are more experienced with playing the game.
Each session will last two hours.
The first session takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and will be for younger players. Any child in the third grade up to the seventh grade will take part in the first session.
In the first session the younger players will learn the fundamentals of football, while being taught the proper techniques for tackling, blocking and catching. Safety will be one of the key elements taught in the session as well.
Safety will also be a key element of the second session for the older players, which will run from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016.
The second session will be open to players in seventh grade and above. It will also have a twist to it, which will resemble the combine.
“The older kids will also have a combine aspect to it,” Cadogan said. “They’ll get tested in the 40 (yard dash), the shuttle, broad jump, vertical jump and the three cone drill as well.”
The former football standout for Portsmouth High School and Penn State University will be joined by several other top quality football players and minds.
Gerald’s brother, Nate Cadogan, fellow former Penn State Nittany Lion will be on hand to assist and provide support for the camp.
Joining both Cadogans will be Donnie Johnson, who went to Tiffin University, Gavin Applegate, who attended West Virginia State University. Applegate will also be bringing several of his West Virginia State teammates to help with the camp.
Former NFL player Tim Shaw will be on hand to talk to and instruct the camp attendees. Shaw, now retired, was once a captain for the Tennessee Titans.
“He was an eight-year vet in the NFL,” Cadogan said.
Cadogan added several members of the Portsmouth High School football staff will provide assistance Saturday as well.
Camp fee is only $20 for every participant. The fee includes instruction, camp t-shirt, sports bag and a light snack during the session.
A camp waiver will be required for each participant, which must be signed by a parent.
“The parents need to sign, just like a waiver, just saying if they fall down we’re able to give them a band-aid and that we have permission to give them water and Gatorade,” Cadogan said.
The only thing players need to bring with them are their favorite football cleats or tennis shoes.
“Other than that, they just need to bring their ‘A’ game,” Cadogan said.
Camp will take place at the Trojan Coliseum located at 1229 Gallia Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. Registration can be completed online at www.geraldcadogan.com, or the day at the camp. Additional information on the camp can be found on the website as well.
“I would like to thank our sponsors, the SOMC Lifecenter, Gatti’s Pizza, Schmidt Family Restaurants and Marathon Petroleum and Oil,” Cadogan said. “Those are our four major sponsors and without their contributions I couldn’t have this camp, along with some private sponsors.”
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