Larry Fitzgerald’s annual Pro Camp in Arizona ran to perfection – just like its host Pro Bowl receiver runs routes on NFL defenders – with precision, perseverance and no-nonsense hard work. On May 11 and 12, the McClintock High School football facilities in Tempe, Arizona, hosted the camp on its expansive and lavishly kept grounds. The school staff made campers and staff alike feel right at home with their gracious hospitality.
Larry will host a youth camp in Minnesota on June 24 and 25.
Host Larry Fitzgerald summed up the goals and merits of the camp in his opening and closing remarks: “Every camper here will have fun, exercise, learn and leave a better and more knowledgeable player than when he or she first arrived.”
The two-day camp became “football heaven” for over four hundred youth football players between the ages of seven and fourteen. Once again, Director Greg Darbyshire, Coach Rod Huber (the boisterous frontman), Larry Fitzgerald, some of the area’s top high school coaches and players, along with guest celebrity coaches Andre Roberts (Az Cardinals), former NBA star Scott Williams, and former D-Backs infielder Junior Spivey all led the way.
While the sun shown brightly both days, the “wind gods” spared the youthful football students of extreme heat conditions with continual balmy breezes.
Each of the two days saw the campers receive individual instruction at various positional stations, engage in skill contests, participate in daily games and listen to stories and lectures on football training and life beyond football.
The culmination of the activities on Sunday included races to determine the fastest campers, championship games, award presentations and the presentation of camper prizes including camp t-shirts, Fitz autographs, footballs, trading cards, and team pictures.
Lead sponsors such including Banner Children’s Hospital, Sunny D, Circle K, Basha’s, and a host of others were instrumental in providing affordable, cost effective fun for all campers.
The continuous activity and movement from station to station resembled a D-1 college practice for its efficiency, and the tutelage and competition was such that all campers had a great time and improved their game…special thanks goes out to all parents who came out to show their support, brave the sun soaked playing fields, and root for their kids.