May 27, 2017

Jr. Stamps Camp comes home

Jr. Stamps Camp came full circle on Saturday.

After taking the event on the road the past few years and hitting Southern Alberta locales such as Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Drumheller, Red Deer and High River, the fun football drills camp – sponsored by Southland Transportation – returned to McMahon Stadium, the place where it all started years ago.

A group of 250 boys and girls hit the McMahon turf on Saturday morning to take part in a series of football drills overseen by the Calgary Stampeders’ rookie players and workout and cheer routines demonstrated by members of the Outriders.

Naturally, Ralph the Dog was also on hand to meet the camp participants and cheer them on.

Photo by Jenn Pierce

“It’s a great day,” said William Fuller, whose granddaughter was one of the participants. “The sun is shining and it’s just a thrill to see the kids out there on the same field the Stampeders play on. The kids are learning about football from the pros and just having a blast.”

The youngsters weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves.

“I’m having more fun than the kids,” declared Stamps defensive lineman Mike Rose, who was running participants through the tackling drills.

The day reminded running back Terry Williams of the football camps he attended growing up.

“I went to those camps and I saw all the older veterans give back to us,” says Williams. “They showed us things and made us do drills that we’re doing right now. I love it.

“Today, it’s like watching myself as a little kid. It’s a fun game. I love it and they love it. It’s a beautiful day and it’s nice to see everyone out here having fun and competing and just enjoying the atmosphere.”

After the drills were over, the entire group gathered for a team photo. Prizes were handed out and the kids got a chance to get autographs from the players. The event ended with a BBQ lunch.