Albemarle hosts first youth football camp
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- With dozens of kids scattered across the field at Albemarle High School, Patriots junior running back Noah Grevious was reminded of the camps he and his brother went to as kids.
"When we were younger we had summer camps like this to go to and have fun with our friends," Grevious said, "Definitely see myself in their shoes, it's fun to show them how to do the drills, just brings back memories."
Albemarle wrapped up their first ever youth football camp on Tuesday, a project long in the works for head coach Brandon Isaiah. The two-day camp brought kids from all across the area with tutoring from Isaiah, his staff and players along with messages from current UVA defensive back Jonas Sanker and Charlottesville alum and pro receiver Rashard Davis.
"I've been coaching in this area for probably 16, 17 years, now those kids that were kids when I started they're young men now, some of them help lead my program," Isaiah said, "We were lucky enough to have Rashard (Davis) out here today, a kid that I've known since he was a kid and just talk. Just provide some visual hope for our community youth."
Isaiah plans to bring the camp back next summer as an annual event and is even considering adding an extra day in July.
The profile for the Patriots rose last year with an 8-3 season and a shared Jefferson District title led by a mix of veterans and young players. Now those young players are anxious to give back to the Albemarle community.
"Growing up in the community you love to see when people give back your own community, especially when you're doing it yourself," junior quarterback Amaje Parker said, "Any chance I get I like to come out here and help the kids because I was in their spot too at one time."