By GRANT LEDGISTER
One of the area’s athletes that has gone to the pros has returned to his high school.
C.J. Beathard, former BGA and current San Francisco 49ers quarterback, hosted the a one-day football camp on July 20.
The event was free and open to the public and not limited by playing position. Families brought their 5-to-14 year old children to the two-hour event.
It began with a time for the attendees to have some fun in the Jewell Athletic and Wellness Center, tossing footballs around.
After some introductions from Beathard and the coaches and players that would be helping with the event, the event kicked off, and the young athletes got to work. The kids were split into lines and started with some warm-ups including walking lunges, toe taps, twists, shuffles and sprints.
Then things moved outdoors: With the heat index close to 100 degrees, the athletes went through two different sets of drills, with breaks for water and some competition in between. The drills included throwing, shuttle, cation, contact and reaction drills.
Beathard could be heard giving encouragement to every athlete he came in contact with. He said he cherishes the opportunity to have an impact on the next generation.
“Any time you can be around a bunch of kids, I think it’s awesome,” Beathard said. “When I’m done playing someday, I would like to get back into youth [football], whether it be coaching or otherwise.”
After the drills were finished, prizes for competition winners were given out and Beathard shared more words of encouragement for the participants. Beathard said he hopes that his presence and words helped the enjoyment and had an impact on those at the camp.
“More than anything, I hope they had fun,” Beathard said. “If I was there age, I think it would have been a cool opportunity to be around a couple NFL guys and talk and play with them and listen to any words of advice they would have.”