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: