Cumberland Gap football camp concludes


These two campers battle during a ‘king of the hill’ competition.

Wide receiver drills were fun for the campers.

Photos by Allen Earl | Claiborne Progress Cory Russell instructs a young man named Peyton Manning.

The 2015 Cumberland Gap football skills camp concluded June 3 at the home of the Panthers. The focus of the camp was to provide young players with the fundamentals of football in a fun and relaxed way.

The coaching staff worked hard teaching the campers correct form, footwork, hand placement and overall techniques of the game. Head coach of the Panthers, Cory Russell, was joined by his assistant coaching staff and volunteers from his high school football team.

Speaking of the camp, Russell said, “We have a good time teaching these young players the fundamentals of the game and the turnout was great all week with 25 players attending daily.”

An interesting fun fact during the camp was Peyton Manning in attendance; when asked how it felt to instruct Manning and the rest of the campers, Russell stated, “We do in fact have a Peyton Manning but he’s the first one to tell you that he isn’t the real Peyton. He’s been a blast to coach as have all these campers.”

The camp is self supported with no additional sponsorship. It is simply used as a means of teaching young football players the fundamentals needed to succeed at football.

“These fundamentals are used by all players no matter the age or experience. The things we teach are the same as we do for our high school Panthers team. Fundamentals are fundamentals whether the player is in little league, middle school, high school, college or pro,” said Russell.

The participants often come into the camp with limited knowledge but by week’s end they will have learned a lot.

Reach Allen Earl at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @pitchadude.

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