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Former Virginia Tech star running back Kevin Jones hosts football camp for local youth

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 18, 2011 – Former Virginia Tech running back and National Football League standout Kevin Jones is teaming up with Virginia Tech Recreational Sports to host the Kevin Jones Football Camp. 

Local youth are invited to participate in the two-day camp on June 25 and 26 at the Virginia Tech South Recreation Area fields. 

Ages 6-10 participate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and ages 11-17 participate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia.

Participants will learn from classroom seminars and on-the-field instruction. Jones, among other NFL athletes and local coaches, will provide the experience of a real NFL training camp to young participants. The campers will break into groups according to positions to learn the fundamentals and proper techniques specific to each position. Campers will also participate in health and wellness seminars and team-building activities.

“Participants will learn about more than just football,” said Robyn Jones, wife of Kevin Jones. “They will be taught about teamwork, the importance of self-discipline and education, and how to attain their potential in sports and in life.”

Kevin Jones of Chester, Pa., was the highest-rated recruit in Virginia Tech history. He is now a local football celebrity due to his success at Virginia Tech. In 2004, Jones was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions. Since then he has played for the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears.

"I am excited to provide a camp to the youth in a community that was so supportive of me while I was playing here,” said Jones. “The opportunity to learn technique from the best in the business is rare. I want to offer the campers a mini-training camp experience that will give them a glimpse of some of the training and dedication that is necessary to succeed at any level."

A speaker from the National Collegiate Scouting Association will provide an educational presentation to campers on the "Five Things You Need to Know" and the "Five Things You Must Do to Get Recruited." After the seminar, parents of participants will have the opportunity to speak with a recruiting expert, as well as register with NCSA for additional information.

On the last day of the training camp, participants will receive a gift bag, take a team photo, and enjoy an autograph session. The autograph session is for campers only, and only camp memorabilia will be signed.

Camp registration and pricing information is available online.

In an effort to remind campers of the importance of education, Kevin is personally sponsoring 10 campers who would like to attend his Youth Football Training Camp. In order to apply, interested participants must submit a 250-word essay on why education is important and how an education prepares you for life on and off the field. The essay is due no later than May 15 and may be submitted via e-mail. The winners will be announced via the camp website, on May 20.

Local coaches who are interested in volunteering at the camp are encouraged to register at the camp website. 

Free parking for the event is available in the Chicken Hill Lot. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.

Virginia Tech Recreational Sports joins in partnership with the university to enhance the quality of life for all students, faculty, staff, their families, and the community by providing recreational and fitness opportunities throughout the year.  The Department of Recreational Sports is a part of the Division of Student Affairs.  For more information on all events and programs, e-mail the Recreational Sports’ main office or call 540-231-6856. 

Written by Hannah Wilson, of Danville, Va., a senior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.