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Community Youth Participate in Larry Fitzgerald Football ProCamp

Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals Football Team hosted a Football Pro Camp at Salt River Fields. Photos by Dayl Jay and Janet Johnson

Ten youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community participated in the 2018 Larry Fitzgerald Football ProCamp at Salt River Fields on April 21 and 22.

The youth were in the first through eighth grades and were members of the Boys & Girls Club.

Fitzgerald, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, extended 10 camp spots to SRPMIC enrolled Community members as a way to give back to the Community. The $249 camp fee was waived through the charity program. Fitzgerald was hands-on at the camp, participating in instruction, speaking with the youth one-on-one and taking photos.

“I liked the camp. I learned how to catch the ball and also met Larry,” said Tayden McGertt. “He said a lot of things. One thing he said was to try my best. My coach was great and I like the team I was on. I would participate in the camp again.”

“I liked the drills and playing (football) games, having fun and getting exercise,” said Cruz Lasiloo. “I met Larry on Saturday; he was talking to me on what I should do on the drills, then I knew what to do after that. I plan to play football [in the future].”

La’Zensiah Vest said she definitely wants to return next year to the football camp.
Submitted photo by Edwin Grey
Youth learn all about football during the two-day football camp held at Salt River Fields.
The youth participated in football drills and went on to play a round-robin of non-contact scrimmages. The top team winners in each age category played for trophies. In addition to the team trophies, individual awards were presented recognizing youth who displayed sportsmanship and agility in specific skills.

Community member La’Zensiah Vest said she definitely wants to return next year to the football camp. Vest was on the same team as Fitzgerald’s son. Next year, Vest said her family is willing to pay her way and let another youth from the Community get the chance she got this year.

Parents were also able to watch their children participate in the camp from the sidelines. The students received lunch each day, as well as a camp T-shirt and a group photograph. Brooklyn Bedding and Pizza Hut sponsored the event.