Local Kids Enjoy Free NCAA Football Youth Clinic

More than 300 boys and girls ages 5-13 showed up to Independence Stadium on Saturday, June 8, to participate in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl’s free NCAA Football Youth Clinic.

The weather was sunny and warm as the kids ran through offensive, defensive and agility drills, while receiving positive feedback from college coaches from all across the region.

University of Louisiana at Monroe head football coach Todd Berry served as the keynote speaker for the event, emphasizing safe techniques and having fun playing football.

After his speech, Berry continued to assist coaching in the different drills. He was joined by assistant coaches from ULM, LSU, Northwestern State, Louisiana College, Mississippi Valley State and Alabama State.

“College football is very commercialized right now, and it’s big business,” Berry said, via Jason Pugh of the Shreveport Times. “We’re dealing with some guys 12 months out of the year who are passionate about the game, but this group here, when you get down to this age group, they just love playing.

“This is an opportunity to teach them how to safely play the game, to give them some of the things they need to be a better player, to share with them an enjoyment of the game, and not necessarily worry about winning or losing.”

The 23 coaches were joined by more than 75 volunteers from Barksdale Air Force Base, Shreveport Parks and Recreation and the Independence Bowl Foundation, who helped with everything from registration to assisting coaches with drills to keeping the kids hydrated.

Click here to see pictures from the 2013 NCAA Football Youth Clinic, hosted by the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.