"A lot of these kids look up to guys like us. Just to see them really wanting to hear what we have to say, it just helps me become a leader even with my own teammates," University senior wide receiver Tony Richardson said.
"It's really an honor because you get to teach the kids who will be building up the programs that you play for, and watching them succeed, which is really nice," Hawks senior fullback Tyler Pikteo replied.
"Just everything from helping them out, to getting them better for when they get up to the high school level," University senior wide receiver John Moore said. "I just definitely like helping kids and helping others in general."
It is all about the kids. At least that's the case at University High School this week. The Positive Experience Youth Football Camp is in its fourth year, turning youngsters into football players.
"We understand that they're not going to come out here and master all the skills," Camp Organizer Avery Richardson said. "But from K through 2nd, they're off the couch and not playing video games. They're not eating junk food. They're out here playing and learning the game, sweating, running around and having fun."
High School Football season is almost here. We're just a few weeks away from coaches, players and teams report to camp. But this week is all about the young football players, from Kindergarten up to 8th grade. They will also be learning from some of the best high school football players from Monongalia County.
"I think the camp relates to them, so we're glad to have them out here. They used to be campers here so they know the importance of it. I'm sure these young men could be doing anything they wanted in Morgantown, but they're out here. So that shows you the commitment," Avery Richardson said.
"I feel honored when they asked me to come out here and play. It's like an honor for me. I actually came to this camp during my 7th grade year. And then in my next year, he told me that he wanted me to be a coach," Morgantown junior wide receiver Darius Neal said.
And if you're thinking it's too late to sign up...
"It's still not too late. You can sign up, come out here and get your kid out here. Little league football will be starting up in August. They can come out here and run. And I can tell you one thing parents, when they get home they'll be tired."
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