CFL players teach about football and life

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Published on May 16, 2014

Former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Nick Burns teaches some football fundamentals.

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Calgary Stampeder Junior Turner teaches a young football player how to tackle.

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Turner shares a laugh while players run a play.

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Edmonton Eskimo wide receiver Shamawd Chambers has some fun with the kids.

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A young player gives Chambers a light hit to the stomach.

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Travise Dow teaches kids how to snap the football.

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Parrsboro's Sarah Merriam gets set to run a play under the direction of Andre Durie.

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Turner teaches the basics of the three-point stance.

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Turner offers encouragement as players run a drill.

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Chambers gives instruction.

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Wolfpack players line up to get their new jersey's signed by the CFL players.

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Quarterback Blake Thompson, who has been with the Wolfpack since their inception in 2010, gets his jersey signed by Durie.

AMHERST – The Super-Elite Football Camp caravan rolled into Amherst this week to teach youngsters the fundamentals of football.

It is the third year in row Super-Elite, three-day camp has come to Amherst.

“I don’t know any other sport in Amherst where you get professional players coming out to teach and mentor the kids,” said Amy Menzies, mother of 13-year-old Aarons Sjanic, who was taking part in the camp.

The camp features four football players, Nick Burns, a former Hamilton Tiger-Cat who runs the camp, Toronto Argonauts slotback Andre Durie, Edmonton Eskimo Wide Receiver Shamawd Chambers, and Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Junior Turner.

About 45 kids participated in the camp, and Travise Dow, Cumberland Minor Football coach, says the CFL players help both the players and the coaches.

“The skills they’re teaching is great for the kids footwork and, for the coaches, it’s nice for us to watch and listen,” said Dowe.

Durie says football teaches skills needed to excel both on and off the field.

“Football teaches kids how to work as a team, and it develops dedication and a strong work ethic,” said Durie.

Dowe agrees.

“These guys are pros but they practice every day,” said Dowe. “I hope the players take away a love of being athletic, being a teammate, and what it takes to be a pro.”

This is Aaron’s first season with the Wolfpack, and his mom thinks it’s been great for him.

“It’s a very positive sport. There’s a lot of teamwork and the older kids are always high-fiving the younger kids,” said Menzies. “They’re an entire team no matter what division they’re in.”

Newcomer to the Wolfpack, Sarah Merriam, an all-around athlete from Parrsboro, participated in the camp.

“Meeting CFL players was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. They’re really cool people,” said Merriam.

She says she came out to the camp because she loves sports.

“If I’m doing physical activity I enjoy it,” said Merriam.

Will she be back out with the Wolfpack a second time?

“I might try it again. I’m thinking about it.”

 

 

 

Organizations: Hamilton Tiger-Cat, Toronto Argonauts, Calgary Stampeders

Geographic location: AMHERST, Edmonton, Parrsboro

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