Read about 60 boys
who attended the Rising Stars football camp, sponsored
by American Youth Football.
Rising Stars Shine Brightly at Camp
Story submitted by
Adam Laufer Esq., USA
October 24, 2002
The 60 boys who recently attended the Rising
Stars football camp sponsored by American Youth
Football got a little more than they bargained
The boys, age 10-12 from inner-city neighborhoods
in a number of different Ohio cites, got some
lessons in life in addition to learning about
football, according to Camp Director Karl Gaston.
"We worked on football skills in the morning,
and in the afternoon we would have speakers
come in and talk to the kids," Gaston said.
The speakers handled a variety of different
topics, from how people are perceived based
on their actions to a motivational speech to
a talk on perseverance to the power of visualization.
"Everything we did was a lesson,"
Gaston said. "Even to sit down and have
breakfast, it was an etiquette lesson on how
to act when you're eating a meal in a public
The four-day camp took place at the Camp America
facility in Oxford, Ohio. The purpose was to
get the boys away from their usual environment
and give them a chance to experience football
and learn about life.
We wanted to offer them a structured situation
to understand just the basic fundamentals of
the game of football, and really, above and
beyond that, to give them life lessons to really
plant some serious life seeds in these boys,"
"These kids had a chance to be in a situation
they were not normally in. They got three structured
meals a day, with snacks and desserts -- these
kids are not used to that."
The highlight for the boys was the football.
"They couldn't wait to get to that part
where they could get out there and play the
flag football games," Gaston said.
The success of this first effort will allow
the program to double in size next year, adding
a second four-day session for an additional
"This was a great opportunity and I'm
excited to do it again next year," Gaston
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