Friday, August 6, 2010

Department to Hold Ed Perry Football Camp for Children

Approximately 200 Richmond children will have the opportunity to learn some football and life fundamentals, next week under the instruction of former National Football League (NFL) player Ed Perry. Perry, who was born in Richmond, also played football at Highland Springs High School and James Madison University before being drafted by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins in 1997.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and Open Arms Child Development Center have partnered to offer the Ed Perry Football Camp to children, who range in age from 9 years old to 14 years old, for free. The camp will be held at City Stadium Aug. 9 – 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The goal of the camp is to inspire the children to become better athletes as well as to provide them with instruction in life skills. Each day of the camp will include training on basic offensive and defensive football skills, followed by a 30-minute life-skills session covering topics such as nutrition, conditioning and character development.

The Open Arms Child Development Center is a non-profit organization that provides services for at-risk children and families.

Media are invited to visit the camp at any time.