Arlington athletes lead youth football camp
By DANIELLE SZULCZEWSKI
Arlington Times Sports Reporter
July 22, 2009 · Updated 12:20 PM
ARLINGTON — As head coach Greg Dailer sets out building the Arlington football program, he is leaving no stone unturned.
His high school players have already had a spring scrimmage in June and they begin their four-day summer camp July 28. But Dailer is also thinking about future seasons of Arlington football.
To that end, he brought his varsity team together with with dozens of local kids, ages 7 to 14, hosting a two-day youth football camp at Post Middle School's soccer field for players around the community, introducing them to elements of the high school's football program.
Dailer even made a point of inviting community kids to the camp.
Jim Duffy was out for coffee with his 13-year-old son a few days earlier, when the coach introduced himself and asked if the boy played football.
"Hugh said, 'Yes,'" Duffy recalled.
"If I see a big kid in town, I find out if he's a football player," Dailer said after the first day of camp July 20, explaining the encounter. "I don't have enough big kids (in town) for them not to play football.
"I think if they think you want them to play, they are a lot more excited about football," he added.
High school players led campers of all ages through drills, and every camper tried out every position on the field. The youngest kids went home after an hour and a half, while football players 9 and older stuck around to learn the basics of the Eagle defense.
Senior running back Jake Parduhn said he enjoyed helping to lead the camp because he remembered what it was like attending football camps when he was young.
"When I was a little guy and I saw all the high schoolers, I was intimidated at first, but they were nice, they weren't cold," he said. "That's how I try to be."
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