This past Saturday 4 of our boys were able to attend a free football camp at Catholic High in Pensacola for the second year in a row. This is a camp where Josh Sitton (Green Bay Packer turned Chicago Bear and how does something like that even happen) comes and helps coach all the kids, giving them pointers, tips, and life encouragement. I don’t know the man personally but he seems like a really good guy who genuinely cares for these boys.
It was sponsored by the Blue Wahoos, our local baseball team because that makes so much sense.
(I couldn’t help the snark but really, we’re so thankful to the Wahoos for caring about their community and our kids!)
The UWF football team gets involved too and each group of boys has a coach from the Argonauts working with them.
The quarterback was Matthew’s coach.
Some of these kids were much older than the maximum age for the camp and that was disappointing but Matthew (far left standing up) held his own and did very well.
I don’t know much about Ben’s coach. Not sure what his position on the UWF team is.
I’m sure when the season starts I’ll become more familiar with these specific players since my kids know them. Ben (Also far left standing up) had a great time and said he did much better than he did at last year’s camp. He isn’t sure he wants to play football again though. He’s looking hard a tennis which would be so much better for me too because Ben had a bad hip sprain and a concussion (two different instances) last season and my heart can’t take it.
Sam had a great time too but he loves everything and could probably have fun having his teeth pulled. I’m not even kidding.
He’s far left on the bottom row. I’m so proud of his spirit and love for life.
This was Jesse’s first football camp or football anything really.
Jesse (left side with coach’s arm around him) was very confused about what was going on but had a smile plastered on his face the whole time. He made quick friends with another kid and the spent their time rolling around on the ground and pretending to be dinosaurs. I was 2 parts the mom trying to get his attention so I could tell him stop because there are no dinosaurs in football!, and 2 parts the mom trying to get a video or pictures of the what he was doing. There were probably people talking about me and that’s too bad because I was completely unsuccessful at both getting his attention and collecting photographic evidence.
In the end, we went home with pictures of their time with Josh Sitton and the UWF football team, a belly full of pizza and Powerade, and pink cheeks because it was 65 degrees and I forgot for a minute that we were in Florida.
ProCamps puts these sports camps together all over the US. Professional athletes like Josh Sitton come out and work with our kids (often for free) and the children have so much fun. Make sure to look into it if you have kids who love sports.