While talks are still on the table for the upcoming NFL Season, the Chicago Bears organization and Pro Sports Experience held one of their youth football camps at All Saints Catholic Academy.
“They’re out here and want to play football,” said Camp Director Al Rood. “There aren’t too many sitting out and that’s what you want to see. You want to see kids that are being tough, flying around and playing the best sport in the world.”
Nearly 70 campers practiced their techniques in a number of drills. Former Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Macey Brooks worked one-on-one with the athletes, encouraging them along the way.
“The formula in my mind is your efforts have to exceed your talents,” Brooks said. “There’s many greats in the Hall of Fame that their efforts superseded their talents and that’s the reason they are where they are.”
From the ultimate-the Hall of Fame-back to the schoolyard where it all begins, the learning experience is immeasurable for young athletes like Derious Duckworth.
“[Brooks] gave me pointers about how to plant my foot and do certain things to make me better,” said Duckworth. “It’s a good experience having him here.” Brooks is happy to give back to the community and the children.
“There’s nothing better than seeing a kid learn, apply something and you get rewarded and feel enriched that they’ve accomplished something,” said Brooks. Many participants hope to follow a similar road to the pros, but it’s always good to have a backup plan.
“I want to be a football player or maybe an engineer if I don’t make it into the football league. But definitely a football player,” Duckworth said.
Brooks believes determination and dedication can get them to the top.
“If they have love for the game and still think it’s fun as they keep going up, and that’s still in the forefront, they can be successful,” Brooks said.
The camp is one of 27 that the Chicago Bears and Pro Sports Experience put on every year.
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