Aspiring Football Players Learn Skills from Former NFL Players

Danville, VA-- More than 150 young aspiring football players in Southside have spent the week learning from the best.

Former NFL player Buddy Curry has been holding a football camp called Kids and Pros all over the Southeast for the past 12 years, and this week they were in Danville.

Curry, along with several former NFL players, high school football coaches and football players have been teaching football skills along with life lessons.

"It's fun, it's a good experience," said Nick Anderson, Head Football Coach at George Washington High School. "The kids really enjoy being out here."

Former Atlanta Falcons player Buddy Curry saw a need for a different kind of approach to football camps.

"We started a camp that gets NFL players that has a natural platform that these kids listen," said Buddy Curry, Executive Director of Kids and Pros.

"What they've been learning is the proper way to tackle, a lot of fundamentals," said Ferrell Edmunds, Head Coach at Dan River High School. "We're teaching kids how to catch the football and teaching kids how to run routes."

But the kids have been learning more than just the fundamentals of football. The coaches have taken time out every day this week to be an inspiration to the kids

"Each night we'll have one NFL player share a story," said Curry. "Everybody's got a story and some of these stories are very compelling."

For one parent who has a child in the camp, that's the best part about the program.

"He's been worrying me to death all day to come out to the camp," said Lamont Edmunds, a parent who has a son in the camp. "He talks about the speech that the guys gave yesterday on good character and how to conduct yourself."

"We talk about the five core principles, sportsmanship, integrity, excellence, persevering and teamwork," said Curry.

"We have an opportunity to coach them and to give back a little bit," said Anderson. "You try to set good examples and do the right things and teach them how to be a good kid."

The kids will be having their championship game Friday at 5 p.m. at the George Washington High School football stadium. After that, they'll be a fun Pros and Joes football game. Both games are open to the public.