PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Kids from across the area spent the day out on the football field learning from some of the best in the business.
The boys and girls took part in an NFL Play 60 character camp hosted by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday.
The kids, ages 9 through 13, did everything from passing and catching to sprints and even pushups. It was all about exercise and the basics of football.
It’s a two-day event that gets the children up and moving and teaches them a few life lessons.
“We run drills with the kids that are football oriented, but we teach things like faith, integrity, responsibility, teamwork, gratefulness, all these kinds of character elements,” Camp Director Luke Hitchcock said.
Former Pittsburgh Steeler, Jason Gildon, was there to help the kids out on the field.
He said he hopes all of the kids take away more than just better football skills.
“I remember growing up. Really didn’t have a lot of this available to me as a youth, but to see it now and just having the kids have access to organizations like this, I think it’s great,” Gildon said.
For the parents and other loved ones in the stands, the experience is rewarding.
“I know he was excited in the car on the way here, so looks like he is enjoying himself,” Stefan Sassic said.
“I love it. The children are running and skipping and jumping and they’re laughing,” Louis McGee said.
This year, there will be similar youth camps for kids in 14 cities across the country.