A group of young and upcoming football players got together for a morning football camp at the Hollywood PAL athletic field. The camp was run by University of Miami Head Football Coach Mark Richt and many of his assistant football coaches. The players, all middle school age and below participated in basic football drills similar to the ones college players do. They focused on basic fundamental skills but there was no hitting and the campers were not wearing pads.

Richt was glad to lead the camp and spend time with the young and upcoming players. “I want to show that we love and care for the young people in the community,” said Richt. “We are teaching them basic football fundamentals.”

The University of Miami coaches led the players in various drills and shared their knowledge of basic football skills.

At the end of the camp, Richt spoke briefly with the players. He asked them if they wanted to play high school, college and professional football and all the kids raised their hands to signify yes. Richt said that when he considers a player for his team he looks at whether or not they can play a position well enough to help the team win and if they have good academic grades. “I also look at their character. I want someone who is a good person and will play with enthusiasm,” said Richt. “I want players who are self-motivated.”