|Crestview grad, NFL player Lichtensteiger returns home for annual football camps|
|Friday, June 28, 2013 12:13 AM|
BY BRIAN BASSETT
CONVOY - Though this Saturday’s Kory Lichtensteiger Football Camps at the Crestview Athletic Complex aren’t the first the Crestview grad and current Washington Redskin has put on in his hometown, they figure it to be the best yet.
“This year I think it’s amped up about 1,000 times with the quality of instruction given,” explained Lichtensteiger, the starting left guard for the Redskins who has returned home for the annual Kory Lichtensteiger Football Camps.
The camp will feature a high school edition, for students entering grades nine through 12, and a youth edition, for campers entering grades three through six.
“This year we’re having a high school camp from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s going to be focused on offensive positions, and speed and agility training. We’re going to have a lot of coaches there — a lot of qualified people,” Lichtensteiger said.
One of those qualified instructors is Chad Englehart, the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Washington Redskins.
“Chad is just ambitious, he likes working with kids and he likes doing these camps. I just mentioned to him that I put on a camp back here in Ohio and he seemed interested,” Lichtensteiger recalled.
“He’s never been to Ohio, so I don’t know if he know’s what to expect,” joked Lichtensteiger. “The makeup of Convoy and Van Wert is different from Northern Virginia. I think he will really like it. How can you not like the people who are in this town?”
Englehart will be instructing campers on aspects of the NFL combine, as well as football-specific speed and agility training.
University of Toledo head football coach Matt Campbell will also be in attendance, as well as coaches from Bowling Green, Lichtensteiger’s alma mater.
In total, eight college coaches will be at the camps, held on the Crestview Knight football field, along with current players from Ohio State, Bowling Green, Toledo and Ball State.
“A lot of the coaches (participating) are my former coaches who were at Bowling Green, but went on to different places. For them, I put a guilt trip on a few of the, just saying ‘Hey, I would really like to have you out, you would really be doing me a solid,’” Lichtensteiger said.
After that, doors opened for other local coaches, explained the Redskin guard.
“Once I got a few of those people, I decided to test my luck even more and branch out to try some local schools like Defiance, Bluffton, Ohio Northern, Heidelberg… It was kind of like you have this coach who knows this coach. I just kept calling people who I knew, and they said you should ask this guy to help, he would be into it.”
The same instructors will be on hand during the youth camp which runs directly after the high school camp.
“We’ve got a youth camp for grades three through six,” continued Lichtensteiger. “That will be from 1 to 3 p.m. It will be the same (instructors). It will be good for (the younger kids) too, they’re going to be working on a lot of the same things except on a low-key basis. There will be more fun stuff worked in.”
The quality of instruction this year is much welcomed for Lichtensteiger, who is pleased with the camp’s growth, now in it’s third year.
“We’re excited about it. It’s kind of been on my mind for the past few weeks, going back three or four months to when we really started planning for the thing,” said Lichtensteiger, who is aided in the preparation of the camp by many local family and friends - including his brother, Luke.
“It’s going to be a great camp. It’s in our back yard and offers great exposure and great instruction. It’s different from a lot of these other camps in the fact that we have an NFL strength coach who knows the tricks of the trade,” Lichtensteiger explained.
Lichtensteiger, who helped anchor the NFL’s leading rushing attack a season ago, can especially appreciate the opportunity this camp offers local kids.
“In the past, I just did it because I wanted to help out. But this year, with the quality (of instructors) that we’ve been given. I was just thinking back to when I was in high school. To get recruited from a school like Crestview of Van Wert, you have to get in front of the coaches before they really see you.
“I know how hard it can be to get on the radar, and I want to provide an opportunity where (kids) don’t have to go to an intimidating college campus (to get noticed).”
So far, it looks like many kids will have that opportunity, as Lichtensteiger explained that more than 90 kids have pre-registered. Campers, so far, are coming from as far as Findlay and Indiana.
“We’re looking pretty good,” Lichtensteiger added. “I would think we’ll be over 100 by the time (Saturday rolls around).”
The camp is open to all campers, regardless of school. The cost of the high school camp is $6o and the cost of the youth camp is $30. Lichtensteiger explained that walk-up registraion is welcome, and urged anyone interested who had not pre-registered to come out Saturday.
The Redskin also explained that the camp is open to the public. There will be a concession stand open, and the staff would love to see as many spectators in the stands as possible.
“Check it out, and see for yourself what it’s all about,” urged Lichtensteiger.