Thursday, June 20, 2013
Grow the camp. Grow the game.
The second Stratford High School football staff accomplished two of its priorities during the Knights’ youth football camp earlier this month.
“It was hugely successful,” said camp director Dennie McDaniel, Stratford’s offensive coordinator. “We’re very excited about how everything went.”
The camp drew at least 15 more youngsters this summer, up from 60 last June. It was for grades 1-6 and ran for four days.
“We’re going to try to get to 100 next year,” McDaniel said. “We feel like it’s going exactly the way we want it to. We talked it about as a staff and we ideally want to get it to 150 kids eventually.”
The Stratford camp was the lone youth football camp in the area for kids, and that was the driving motivation behind getting it cranked up last summer.
This year, McDaniel said they had kids zoned for several different high schools participate in the camp, including Goose Creek, Cane Bay and Berkeley.
“It was something we felt like we needed to do for the community,” McDaniel said. “It gives these kids in our area a chance to learn the game of football and it continues to grow our sport.”
At the core, the camp was designed to be fun and also to emphasize fundamentals that will give the kids the knowledge to play the game at a higher level when they get older. And some of those may end up at Stratford.
For example, the campers learned the proper technique of hitting an opponent, how to carry and catch a football and more finer points.
“We wanted to hit on all the fundamentals at our stations,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel played at Stratford and Charleston Southern.