It has been something that Sunnyside High School football coach Mark Marro has been wanting to do since coming aboard.
Marro will be offering a Grizzly football camp July 26-28 at the Sunnyside High School football field from 5 to 7 p.m.
"I am real excited about it," said Marro. "We are really looking at making this a yearly thing."
Marro said in past years he has been unable to hold the camp because of scheduling problems. Instead, Marro has been working with Sunnyside Grid Kid coaches in holding an hour-long camp the week before the start of the regular program.
This year, Marro is hoping to offer youngsters, particularly those who are going to join the Grid Kid program, a more indepth outing, where they have a chance to learn about the fundamentals of football.
"I hope to have a lot of Grid Kid players out there," said Marro. "We are going to really work on fundamentals."
Marro said he will be taking youngsters as young as the second grade at the camp. The camp is open to both boys and girls.
Marro will also have two members of his high school coaching staff at the camp: defensive coordinator Eroll Miles and line coach Tyler Miller. Marro said he is also hoping to bring in some members of the Grizzly football team this year.
Participants in the camp will be learning a basic defensive scheme that players will be able to utilize. Camp participants will also be working on running and receiving drills. One important part of the camp, said Marro, is that participants will be learning safety drills to better help them play the game. Marro said he will be doing a lot of other things at the camp that he hopes will give the participants a good understanding of the game.
The cost of the camp is $25 and registration is being accepted at the Sunnyside Recreation Department at South Hill Park. Participants will also be receiving a free t-shirt from the camp.
Marro said he is holding the camp at night for a couple of different reasons. One of the reasons is the cooler weather, but he is also hoping that parents are able to come and watch their children in the camp and enjoy what is going on.