Story Number: NNS140702-26Release Date: 7/2/2014 9:11:00 PM
By By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Todd C. Behrman, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Keenan Allen, wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers, held a free, two-day football training camp at Naval Base San Diego for more than 150 military children in the local community.
The camp, sponsored by Proctor and Gamble and ran by ProCamps Worldwide, specialized in football fundamentals, with campers receiving instruction from Allen and the area's top football coaches.
"It's awesome," said Allen, whose father was in the Marine Corps. "The military does great things for us, not just in San Diego, but worldwide, so it's always good to give back. For the kids to be able to do something like this, have fun and come out here with a guy who's in the league, it's great for everyone involved."
Campers were split into teams in three different age divisions. After running numerous football drills, which included route-running instruction and catching passes from Allen, the campers participated in a playoff-style tournament of games.
"A lot of these kids move around quite a bit and they may not get the chance to play on the same team every year when they go to school," said Rod Huber, the director of football camps for ProCamps Worldwide and head football coach at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. "This is a great chance to come out during their summer break and have a two-day, three-hour a day football camp with an NFL star in their local community."
Proctor and Gamble sponsors camps run by ProCamps Worldwide all over the country, and have held camps recently in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and California with NFL players such as Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, and Larry Fitzgerald.
"It's all about showing the kids a great time," added Allen. "Making sure they're having fun but also making sure they're learning quality things about the game of football."
Naval Base San Diego won the free two-day camp in a Proctor and Gamble sponsored contest held in commissaries throughout the country by having the best display of a Proctor and Gamble product.
"It's the opportunity of a lifetime for these kids and it's obviously well deserved," said Huber. "A lot of times their dads or moms are deployed, so for us to be able to help these kids enjoy their summer break and have a great time, we're honored to do it."
The camp supports the Department of Defense Healthy Base initiative, which helps service members, their families and DoD civilians make healthier choices and live healthier lives through nutrition and fitness.
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