Detroit Lions Youth Football hosts camp at Allen Park

Posted Jul 18, 2012

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The Detroit Lions Youth Football hosted their most successful camp yet at the Lions training facility in Allen Park this week. Youth Football director Chris Fritzsching says the response has been unbelievable with 141 kids this week and over 1500 registered in the camps this summer.

The camp teaches kids ages 6-14 the skills and fundamentals of football through various drills, film studies, and scrimmages throughout the four days. “It’s his second year attending the camp,” said the mother of 9-year old Drew. “Drew has done two quarterback camps and participated in this same camp last year down at Ford Field. We really love the camps. I have seen him grow in every aspect from catching to throwing, and even on defense. It’s a wonderful camp.”

The Youth Football staff is holding twenty-three camps this summer many of which sold out quickly. “We are looking to expand the camp to new markets. We’re pushing for 28 to 30 camps in the future. We held one in Holton and one in Grayling. They aren’t big communities but the interest there was unbelievable.”

The Youth Football Camp attracts many with its unique approach to teaching the game. Director Chris Fritzsching provides the kids with the ability to learn and develop their skills in the game while also developing their character. After each day the kids leave a little more confident and with a brighter outlook. They talk about the importance of character building and discuss a new character trait each day.

Fritzsching always ends the day with a little inspirational talk for the kids before they go home. “How many of you won today? How many of you lost today? How many of you had fun? Well that’s all that matters.” He tells them.

“Hopefully we’re spreading the game and the Lions brand to different parts of the state. There’s a lot of kids who have never played the game so we’re trying to provide them the opportunity to learn it and have fun doing it.”

The kids are enjoying every moment of the camp so far. “My favorite part of camp is the scrimmage. I like to play fullback. I even got a signature from Chris Greenwood and Marcus Harris,” said 9-year old Eunice.

“The interest is coming to the facility and being where the players practice," said Fritzching. "Just the ability to say they practiced on the field the Lions practiced on. The team had a great year and they’re feeding off of that. They’re having fun, that’s what it’s all about.”