STAFFORD - This week the Southern Regional High School football coaches, alumni, players and guests had the opportunity to pour into the lives fo young athletes at the annual Southern Regional Youth Football Camp on the Rams campus.
Young players in grades 1-8 had the opportunity to learn skills in preparation for the upcoming AYF youth football season. There were athletes from the Southern, Pinelands and Lacey AYF programs in attendance. Other athletes were not part of a program but came to learn and gain in skills.
"It is great to have over 100 kids here," said longtime Head Coach Chuck Donohue, Sr. "My entire staff is here coaching the kids, my current players and some alumni. The Pop Warner season starts next week so it is a great chance to help the kids get ready for their season."
One of the emphases during the camp was encouraging athletes to be well rounded. In other words, it is not a bad thing but instead a good thing to play multiple sports. Southern Alum and 11 year NFL veteran, currently playing for the Cincinnati Bengals Clark Harris spoke of how he played football, basketball and track at Southern. All of those sports contributed tohim being a great professional athlete.
Harris came to give out to speak to the campers and gave each an autographed picture.
"Thank you to all of our campers for attending the 2017 Southern Football Youth Ram Camp," said Southern Regional Athletic Director Chuck Donohue Jr. "Thank you to our coaches, players and alumni on making the camp a huge success. As a program we appreciate all of the parents and community support we receive. Looking forward to the 2017 season."
The Southern football varsity squad opens their season at Central Regional on Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m.