(Seguin) – Former NFL, University of Texas, and Seguin High School football player Lawrence Sampleton will conduct his second annual football camp in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Central Texas this Saturday at Matador Stadium on the SHS campus.
As was the case last summer, the free camp for kids ages 6-14 is part of an ongoing effort by the Boys and Girls Club to reestablish its Seguin branch.
“It’s progressing,” Sampleton said. “Part of it is expense, for sure. The Seguin unit is coming along, but the Central Texas Boys and Girls Club in general has really done a great job in terms of supporting this camp, which supports the Seguin unit, and we’re trying to get that off the ground as quickly as we can.”
Sampleton was a Seguin Matador in the mid-1970s, a Texas Longhorn from 1978-81, and an NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins in the 80s.
The former tight end says the 2018 camp will feature an accomplished coaching staff eager to share a wealth of knowledge with the young football players who attend.
“One of the key guys, and a lot of the kids won’t know this guy, but it’s a gentleman by the name of Dana LaDuc – he was an All-American shot putter at the University of Texas, and he was also my strength and conditioning coach at the University of Texas, and he went on to the NFL, and was the strength and conditioning coach for the St. Louis Rams when Dick Vermeil, one of my former coaches, was coaching the Rams. He’s going to be there with his Super Bowl Ring, and he’s going to have a message for the parents and the kids in terms of just taking care of your body, and doing strength and conditioning.”
“We’ll also have Johnny Lam Jones there again this year,” Sampleton added. “Johnny was an Olympian, played for the University of Texas, and played for the Jets. Our camp director, the guy that sort of carries the day, is a guy by the name of Stephen Braggs. He was there last year. Stephen played for the University of Texas, he also played for the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins.”
The camp, slated for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, will feature football fundamentals, conditioning, position drills, NFL style combine testing, and a punt, pass and kick competition. It will also address the importance of education, teamwork, taking responsibility for one's actions, proper nutrition, and the danger of alcohol and drugs.
There will also be a donor reception and auction for those interested in helping the Boys and Girls Clubs fundraising effort this Friday night at 6 p.m. at a downtown Seguin venue.
“We moved the Friday night donor’s reception to the Warehouse here in Seguin, and we’ll have a little entertainment there, and there will be some food there, and some of the guys will be there as well,” Sampleton said. “We’ll have some sports items that we’ll auction off, so they won’t be too expensive, so I think there’s a cost for everyone if they’d like to purchase something that night.”
Spots are still available for campers to attend. Camp information, registration forms, and release waiver forms can be found online at http://bgcsct.org/index.php/lawrence-sampleton-football-camp/, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 512-557-7763.