NFL-tier youth football skills camp returns to Colton
Football season is just around the corner, and that fact is highlighted by the return of Kirk Broussard's NFL-tier skills camp to the Colton area.
CKB (Coach Kirk Broussard) Sports Pro Development Camp is coming to town August 5, and any football players between six years old and heading into their senior year are eligible to register and learn from minds that have coached and played in college and the NFL.
Broussard's football career spans nearly 20 years; he earned an athletic scholarship to play at Pasadena City College in 1999 and then transferred to Citrus College in 2001 where he started at free safety.
After college, he became a coach, making the rounds through several programs in indoor leagues, finally finding his way onto the staff of the Minnesota Vikings as a coaching intern. Also on his coaching resume are the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, and Washington Redskins.
Broussard said his experience in indoor leagues has made him develop an "air raid" attitude when it comes to offensive gameplans as he primarily coaches wide receivers.
"In regards to scheme or technique, I was fostered by Rex Ryan and Jim Schwartz, so I consider myself an offensive guy, primarily with wide receivers, and then I started my coaching career in the Arena League, which is high-intensity air-it-out football, so I kind of have that air raid philosophy," Broussard said in a phone conversation.
As for his coaching philosophy, Broussard said the biggest thing a player can be is available; available to work out, eat right, study their playbook, learn new skills, and so forth. He thinks the best players are those that are available to be open to coaching, and that's where his skills camp comes in.
This will be the third year the camp has operated in the Portland area and the second in Colton. It first came to Colton after Broussard met a parent from Colton a couple of years ago and was asked to bring his camp to the area. Last year, about 70 kids participated, and he's hoping for triple digits this year.
"I wanted to bring an affordable camp to Colton where the kids will get a lot of substance," Broussard said.
Last year, several big names made coaching appearances, including Brock Lutes, who is from Newberg and played for the Vikings, and Will Murphy, a West Albany grad who had a stint on the Eagles' practice squad. Broussard said Lutes is a definite return this year, while he isn't sure if Murphy will show or not.
In addition to football-specific coaching, Broussard's camp also touts instruction in other areas that are key to success in any sport. He's bringing in a nutritionist, a leadership expert, a strength and conditioning coach, and a physical therapist.
But the perks don't stop at the camp itself. At the end of the day, the top 10 athletes from the camp will be invited to play in the Youth Pro Bowl the night before the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. All of the teams – composed by age – are coached by current or former players. The selected kids will also receive a ticket to Disneyworld, a ticket to the NFL Experience at Universal Studios, ticket to the Pro Bowl practices to meet players, ticket to the Pro Bowl, and a new Riddell helmet and pair of shoulder pads, according to Broussard.
The price for the package is $399 and includes everything mentioned above.
The camp will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Colton Middle School on Saturday, August 5. Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m. for $95, but an early online registration discounted price of $69 is available and encouraged, along with a team discount price of $50 per player for teams that bring at least five athletes. Visit ckbsports.com for registration information or call (727) 401-4CKB.
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