PRCA holds football camp for foster kids - The Explorer: Sports

PRCA holds football camp for foster kids

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 8:19 am, Wed Aug 1, 2012.

First year Pusch Ridge Christian Academy football coach Troy Cropp didn’t wait long to deliver a message to his new team: the football season isn’t just about winning games. It’s about players developing into leaders. It’s about having fun. It’s about giving back to the community.

This summer, the Lions’ team had the opportunity to experience each of those elements with the introduction of the football program’s youth football camp.

For six weeks, the team raised money to provide the camp for free to foster children from kindergarten through eighth grade. The junior varsity and varsity teams each participated in the fundraiser, raising $2,000 to host the camp.  

The players were also in charge of running the camp, which took place on July 16, 18, and 20.

“It’s all about helping bring joy to these kids,” said Elijah McKenna, who is entering his senior year on the varsity team. “My family has fostered in the past, and I know some of the things these kids go through.”

McKenna said running the camp has also helped him learn more about commitment and integrity, and he said he is hopeful the community and school continue to help those in need.

McKenna is just one example of what Cropp hoped the youth camp would accomplish. A total of 60 football players participated in running the camp.

“This teaches our kids how to lead by serving their local community,” said Cropp. “That’s what we are all about at Pusch Ridge, turning out leaders- positive Godly leaders. It’s also helped them learn what goes into coaching a team.”

Cropp said the camp was much enjoyed by the foster children, who had the opportunity to develop their basic football skills through cone, tackling, catching, and ladder drills.

One foster child, whose identity is concealed for state privacy reasons, said he enjoyed the opportunity of interacting with the high school football players.

“It’s been fun learning to tackle, and getting to tackle the older kids,” said the 13-year-old. “I’ve learned a lot from the drills, and the camp has been a lot of fun.”

Cropp said as long as he is coaching the Pusch Ridge football team, the youth camp will continue as an annual event.

“This is going to be a fruit in these kids’ lives that they will remember years down the road,” said Cropp. “We will do other events throughout the year, as this has built my conviction that this is the right thing to do. It’s not just about football and winning football games. It’s about getting kids to have a heart for the community and underserved.”

On the final day of the camp, the Lions hosted a family night flag football tournament with free food provided. Cropp said in the coming years, he expects the youth football camp to reach about 100 participants.

© 2014 The Explorer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

More about

More about

Welcome to the discussion.

Oro Valley Audiology

Oro Valley AudiologyAddress: 2542 E Vistoso Commerce Loop Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755Phone:(520) ...

HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

MOS: Halloween

We asked the community about Halloween!

MOS: Ebola Virus

We asked the community about the Ebola Virus.

More Featured Videos
Spacer4px

Follow us on Facebook