|2015 Stamps Camp participants with Stampeders Rob Cote, Glenn Love, Keon Raymond, and Anthony Parker|
Pincher Creek had some special visitors on the football field May 8 and Saturday May 9. Calgary Stampeders defensive back #25 Keon Raymond, fullback #26 Rob Cote, wide receiver #86 Anthony Parker, and wide receiver #36 Glenn Love came to teach 30 kids from Pincher Creek, Lethbridge, Claresholm, and Cardston the finer points of football during Pincher Creek Stamps Camp 2015. The annual training event has been going on for a decade or more. The kids had the chance to do drills with the professionals, to enjoy being kids during breaks, to have some mock games with the pros during the Saturday afternoon, and to dig into a pizza feast that was part of the final farewell.
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Keon Raymond explained what Stamps Camp means to him, to the kids, and to the community of Pincher Creek. "Right now it's fun, because honestly, this is my fourth year coming back to Pincher Creek. I was telling Faith (Zachar) this is like my second Alberta home, me being from the States, and living in Calgary now. It's fun to see these kids grow over the year, and get better as football players. When we come the first thing we teach them is paying attention, and following directions, and the understanding that if they want to be football players, on and off the field they have to do those two crucial things first. We run them through a lot of drills that we run through at practice. A lot of fundamental things. Me, I teach them how to run, the proper mechanics about running, Glenn, he's doing a great job of teaching the kids how to react. Cote and Parker are doing a great job of teaching the kids skills that are essential in offense."
|Calgary Stampeders Rob Cote, Glenn Love, Keon Raymond, and Anthony Parker|
Being a parent himself, Raymond is very aware of the improvements the Stamps Camp participants demonstrate over time, how much they grow in skills and abilities. He brings his own children, who join in with the training. "I was telling all these kids before we got started today 'You guys are so blessed. You have us come each and every year, because there is no other communities around southern Alberta that has football players consistently coming to them every single year and investing two days of time. You take those things we are teaching you guys on to your season, and you get better at them. You guys will be awesome football players.' This is an opportunity that a lot of kids don't have, and they are blessed to have it."