Aug 10, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterWith Riverton Middle School football just around the corner -- practice begins next Wednesday -- eighth grade football coach Todd Wright has been hosting a true "foot" ball camp that ends Friday at RMS.
"This is the third year we've done the camp. This has been the biggest attendance we've had," Wright said, adding that the main focus of the camp is to help players work on the foot skills required for their individual positions.
The camp, administered through the R Recreation program, has about 30 seventh and eighth grade players according to Wright.
Tyler Jordan, Aziz Waheed, Travis McIntosh, Mike Bradley and Bill Esposito, all middle school football coaches, are assisting with the camp.
"We have been working on footwork, all of the different foot skills. In the offense we have, there is a lot of timing, leverage and power involved and you have to have your footwork down to be good at it," Wright said.
Wright said that he hopes that he has a big turnout when football practices begin next week.
"Both seventh and eighth grade starts next Wednesday. We'll be running from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.," Wright said.
Wright, a former NCAA player for the University of Maryland (he was Boomer Esiason's center while in college), is beginning his fourth season as the head eighth grade football coach and was a longtime assistant coach for the Riverton Wolverines prior to that.
Riverton High School head football coach Jeremy McCormick attended the first two days of the camp.
"It was nice to see him. Today I introduced him to the boys, and he spoke to the boys. That was really good," Wright said.
Wright said that he hopes both the seventh- and eighth-grade programs have many kids go out for football this year, and that the lessons learned from playing team sports will last kids a lifetime.
"Everybody is welcome. I have a no-cut policy. We want as many kids out as possible. If this is their first time coming out, they are more than welcome. They are going to learn a lot about football.
"I think kids need a team sport now more than ever. I think it is a very important life lesson to learn how to work with other people," Wright said.
RMS activities director Tim Bell emphasized that kids must have a sports physical prior to participating in their first day of practice.
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