Alma, Mich. - The Alma College football team hosted its second annual youth camp this summer that featured 80 participants across grades 1 through 8 from Alma, St. Louis, Mount Pleasant and Merrill.
As many as 60 current student-athletes on the football team volunteered their time over the course of the three-day camp. The football program partnered with the Alma Police Athletic League (PAL) for support.
"It's wonderful to watch our players interact with young people of our community and share with them their passion for football," said Head Coach Jason Couch.
The camp provided its campers with the experience of being on a college football field and working with collegiate athletes. The campers participated in drills across all positions, including a punt, pass and kick competition, and ending with an obstacle course.
Aside from football exercises, Alma's coaching staff and players provided wisdom and insight to the campers that go beyond the playing field. The instructors stressed focusing on your effort and attitude, controlling what you can control, and not comparing yourself to others.
Knowing what it feels like to be in their shoes," said senior linebacker Zeke Ramirez, "it was extremely rewarding and fun and something that I always look forward to."