STOW: Boys and girls will have a chance to learn from the pros as Cleveland Browns safety TJ Ward will be part of a youth football camp on May 18.
The football camp series is hosted by MKU Athletics or Most Known Unknown Athletics and will take place at Stow-Munroe Falls High School from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. According to the flyer, the children will experience various stations that will specialize in football fundamentals.
“It’s a great opportunity for the children to meet TJ and to learn some fundamentals of the game and love for the game,” said Jon Gilbow, director of Stow Youth Football.
According to MKU’s website, the company has conducted events for the kids in Akron. It offers student-athletes a personal development experience that will help increase athletic recruitment chances while also placing an emphasis on education. The camps are just one way kids can improve their skills while also having fun, said Steve Reynolds, president/CEO of MKU Athletics.
“We’re about giving back to the community,” he said. “All of my coaches are from Akron or Kent area and have at least played college football or beyond. It’s not often the Browns come to the community.”
Boys and girls ages 7 – 14 are welcome to the camp and early registration is $25, walk-ups the day of are welcome. The MKU’s website says the $25 early registration fee ended on May 14, but Reynolds said this deal will be extended until Thursday. Event day fee is $75.
Reynolds said so far 50 students have signed up but he’s for attendance of at least 100.
Gilbow said he heard about the MKU camp through his junior varsity coach, Randy Keen, who has been coaching football for more than 20 years and even coached Steve Reynolds.
Gilbow also said the school district’s athletic director Cyle Feldman reviewed the idea of the mini-camp and loved it and after crossing much red tape was able to get it at the high school.
“I still remember when I was younger and meeting famous football players. It’s a great learning tool for the children and teaches them about leadership and community,” Gilbow said. “After all, what we’re really here for it the children.”