Kid’s football camp moves to Cedaredge
Colorado Sports Hall of Famer Rick Upchurch won’t be coming to Carbondale or Glenwood Springs for his annual football camp this summer.Instead, the Rocky Mountain Pro Sports Camp, which runs July 23-27, has relocated to Camp Cedaredge, a large facility almost three miles north of Cedaredge. “It’s not in the valley, but it’s still Western Slope and still a good opportunity for kids to play football,” said T.J. Joiner, who helped run the camp for a few years in Carbondale and is now assisting with the Cedaredge camp. “We didn’t want any kid in the valley who wanted to go to not be able to. I am hoping 10 to 20 kids (from the valley) go.”
With overnight dorm-style accommodations for 400 kids, two grass practice fields, a large kitchen and indoor basketball courts, the new location is expected to draw boys from all over the state, as well as from Oregon and Utah.The camp costs $345 for campers staying in the dorms and $175 for day campers. Many kids who couldn’t afford to go to the camp are sponsored by different businesses. “There are lots of sponsorships for kids that otherwise wouldn’t be able to go,” said Dannie Rasmussen, executive director of Camp Cedaredge. “It’s all about the kids.”
The camp is open to kids ages 7-18, and drills will be divided by age groups. Registration is still open and will be until all 400 spots are filled. The camp includes instruction for all positions, T-shirts and Bronco player autographs.”It’s a good, exceptional skills camp. They will learn a lot of skills,” Rasmussen said of the camp that is focused on individual play, but which will also accept team registrations. “It’s really a good camp for younger kids. We get mostly kids ages 7-14.”Upchurch, a former Broncos wide receiver who was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, will have a lot of help on hand at the camp with several former Broncos, Joe Ramunno and his Mesa State College football staff, and high school coaches from all over the state assisting campers. Doctors will also be present at the camp, instructing kids on how to eat healthy and care for injuries. All of the coaches will be emphasizing sportsmanship along with weight training, running techniques, flexibility exercises and special skills.
“Our camps are more than just football,” Rasmussen said. “We teach the kids to be gentlemen. We teach them to give back to the community. We teach them to be good citizens.”One of the camp’s largest fundraisers will be the first annual Youth Benefit Golf Classic, taking place July 25-26. Cedaredge’s DeerCreek Village Golf Club will host the 36-hole, four-man scramble that will see 252 golfers vying for a $1,000 first-place prize. All of the tournament’s profits will go to covering entry fees for future campers.”It will be the biggest golf tournament they have ever had on the Western Slope,” Rasmussen said.Anyone who is interested in attending the camp or being a sponsor can call 970-856-7796 or go to http://www.rockymountainpro.com.
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