West Stokes football program hosted the 14th Annual Wildcat Football camp Monday evening and more than 50 kids from elementary to middle school ages came out ready to play.
“It was another great showing for our community,” said the Wildcats coach Jimmy Upchurch. “We love doing these camps with the kids. A lot of them look up to our players and it gives them an opportunity to get to know who they are. More than half of our football team came through our camps and it’s exciting to see our players give their time back.”
Before the camp began, Upchurch huddled the players together and explained the importance of playing little league football, then middle school football before graduating to the high school level.
“It’s about team,” he said. “You have to play together from an early age and that develops into something special. I played with my teammates from seven-years-old through high school and I can count on one hand how many times we lost. You have to learn to win together in order to be successful.”
The camp included testing the kids in their 40-yard dash times, passing for distance, passing for accuracy, kicking, offensive fundamentals, defensive fundamentals and then finally a flag football game.
“It’s about having fun today,” said Prowlers head football coach Donny White. “Kids today are different than when I played. There are so many other opportunities for kids to do now with fall baseball and basketball. If we can get them out on the football field, we have to show them how to have fun. Our game is a dying sport because of the fear of injuries by parents.”
The high school and little league seasons will both officially start on July 31. For more information about Prowler signups contact Donnie White at 336-399-9754.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.