The First Annual “Old Spice Chris Johnson Football Camp”

Tue, Jun 30, 2009

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During the summer, (most) kids are out of school and have plenty of free time on their hands. You see them riding bikes around the neighborhood or hanging out by the pool or just doing something to take up all the time they didn’t have during the school year. All of this free time can lead to time-consuming activities that are not always productive to society.

In an effort to curb some of those non-productive activities, the NFL and its teams have set up youth programs and camps during the summer where kids have the chance to spend part of their summer (1-3 days) with professional athletes while learning the fundamental skills that helped the professional athletes get to the NFL. These camps are usually not free but they are not extremely expensive either so the camps are not limited to the wealthy.

Former Pirate Chris Johnson held a camp at the beginning of June called the “Old Spice Chris Johnson Football Camp” that was held at Pope John Paul II High School in Nashville, TN. The camp lasted three days and cost about two hundred dollars. ‘Campers’ received a camp T-shirt, a camp team photo,9 hours of expert instruction with NFL players and an opportunity to win contests and prizes. The camp is open to kids ranging from 7 to 14 years of age.

I have not heard or read about any first person accounts from the camp but I imagine it was a dream come true for many of the Nashville youngsters to be able to meet the former ‘Smash ‘n’ Dash’. Check out some of the pictures from the camp that Chris Johnson shared with his fans on Facebook:

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7 Comments For This Post

  1. Dan Says:

    Looks like CJ could have purchased a whole pair of pants for another $5 spot. I know he’s got it.

  2. GhostLikeSwayze Says:

    I am still trying to figure out the style because I don’t think I could be athletic with shorts that were that long. I was always the Umbro guy back in the day that never came below mid-thigh. Like Bob Dylan said, “The times they are a-changin’.”

  3. BIG ERV Says:

    C’mon fellas,

    Us athletes must stay on top of our fashion game. The point is to not look like you care, but then you really do….get it??? Me neither! Good for CJ, these types of camps can only help him mature and understand the potential he has not only physically, but also the potential he carries to help inspire and encourage young kids who might look up to him as a role model. His story of facing adversity in the face and overcoming all the hurdles that were in his path is not only something he shares with the Pirate Nation, but many young kids have similar experiences of hardships and just need a success story or two to motivate them to strive and achieve their own personal goals. Thanks to CJ for being such an inspirational Pirate….on and off the field.


  4. Tricky Says:

    i’m glad i can always count on you Yount for such uplifting words of encouragement

    -W. Balls

  5. Dan Says:

    “…facing adversity in the face…” Pretty well stated for an English major there BIG ERV!

  6. BIG ERV Says:

    I apologize for the grammer mistake. I was responding to this blog while sitting at a closing table getting a client to put Ink to Paper. I shall improve on not spreading myself too thin in future endeavors. While I will apologize for the grammatical mistake, I simply can’t apologize for being a closer.

    -The Hammer

  7. Joyce Says:

    haha. Well put Yount.

    On a more serious note, take it from a Nashvillian that CJ is more than loved in this town. He’s on the same level as Keith Bullock, Javon Kearse and those guys. It’s great to see him giving back to the community and I hope he molds himself similar to Steve McNair(RIP) who gave all he had back to the community. Keep on reppin the Pirates CJ!!!!

    *Great site guys. Good work!