Everyone is familiar with high school football programs, but the Cowboy Football Booster Club also supports the Cowboy Football Youth Camp each summer.
For kids and youth ages 6-14 years old, the football camp offers training for all levels of ability, regardless of experience. Now in its third year, it will be held on Monday, June 18-Wednesday, June 20 at the Canyon High School football field.
It is a non-contact fundamental skills camp, where beginners will be comfortably introduced to football, and more experienced participants will have their abilities tested and improved. The Cowboy Football Camp is conducted by Rich Gutierrez, head coach of the Canyon High School football team, and his staff members.
The camp’s curriculum will include football skills such as:
- Learning new skills, willingness to improve, commitment to learn and setting simple goals
- Stance, running, backpedaling, ball handling, passing, catching, punting, and kicking
- Heat preparedness and adequate hydration
The youth athlete-centered philosophy of the football camp includes providing children with an emotionally healthy and physically challenging atmosphere of good sportsmanship and athletic activity through the game of football. The program plans activities where children have the opportunity to play, regardless of athletic skills or family income. Staff members focus in on creating an optimal sports experience for all children participating, teaching teamwork and cooperation.
Lunch, snacks, drinks, and camp T-shirt are provided for the 200-300 kids expected to sign up. Both boys and girls are welcome to register. This year’s camp will be all three days, June 18-20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and costs $50 total (for all three days). The camp will be held on the Astroturf of the Canyon High School Football Stadium at 19300 W. Nadal Street in Canyon Country.
You may register online at Santa-Clarita.com/Seasons.
Hero of the Week – Jocelyn Clark
By Michael Haiby
CHS Football Booster Club president
As the Senior Team Mom of the Canyon Cowboys Football Team, Jocelyn Clark is tending to a variety of needs for the high school players. She makes sure the camp attendees get their Gatorade, snacks and lunches every camp day. And whether it’s serving breakfast burritos at 6 a.m. in the weight room or serving a game day team lunch buffet, passing out half-time snacks in the locker room during the game, or passing out sack lunches for the ride on the bus home after a game (you can see our players eat a lot), Jocelyn is always there on top of it!
Jocelyn has volunteered at every Cowboy Football golf tournament, fundraising dinner, poker tournament, picture day, parent meeting and other Cowboy Football events for years, volunteering her time freely and graciously. She serves as the treasurer for the Canyon High School Football Booster Club and as an ear for the football coaches when they want some “common sense” counsel.
The Booster Club also provides support for the Cowboy Football Youth Camp. The volunteers help to register 200-300 players, size them up and get the campers into their camp shirts, give them snacks, keep them hydrated, feed them lunch, take pictures, and get them all organized to receive their medals at the end of camp.
The players always greet their team mom warmly (probably to see if she is going to feed them). But seriously, she is a friendly and hard-working person, and going above-and-beyond in her role has had a positive impact on Cowboy Football that cannot be measured.