EDISON, NJ  – Through an innovative public-private partnership with the township, there will soon be a football camp that teaches youngsters the value of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship, and how to apply those skills to everyday life.

The “Scoop & Score Success” program will debut with a football camp for youngsters ages 6 to 18 on Thursday, June 22 at Edison High School. The camp features NFL players coaching  gridiron skills to participants, and guest speaker showing young players how to apply those skills off the field.

“What distinguishes Scoop & Score Success from other sports camps is that it goes beyond the game itself,” said Michael Campbell, Edison’s recently-named Youth Opportunity Coordinator. “We will stress the importance of education, making positive life choices, health and wellness, character building and community engagement.”

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“Sports can play a vital role in teaching youngsters fundamental values, like strong work ethics, teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline and punctuality,” said Campbell, a former NFL wide receiver for the New York Jets and St Louis Rams. “We will stress the importance of being a well-rounded person and student-athlete.”

Campbell has partnered with the Edison Recreation Department and former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lonnie Allgood, now CEO of the nonprofit Dreams for Kids organization, to create the “Scoop & Score Success” football camp.

“This football camp’s objectives very commendable. Plus, it demonstrates how public-private partnerships can help local government achieve programming goals, especially when they benefit our children with minimal impact on taxpayers,” said Mayor Thomas Lankey.

Lankey said “Edison scored a hometown touchdown” by having Campbell spearhead the sports camp initiative. An Edison native, Campbell went pro after playing football at Temple University and at Edison High School.

To offer the four-hour camp at an affordable $25 fee for participating youngsters, Scoop & Score Success is now seeking corporate and business sponsors, individual donors and vendors to help  facilitate the camps events.  To learn more about a variety of available sponsorship opportunities, Campbell may be reached at (732) 248-7354 or mcampbell@edisonnj.org.

To register youngsters, ages 6-18, for the June 22 football camp, parents and guardians may visit the Edison Recreation Department, 100 Municipal Blvd, in Edison or register online at www.edisonnj.org.

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