Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer hosts football camp for area youngsters

GENEVA, Ohio - An estimated 200 area kids in grades one through eight visited the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, Thursday morning to attend a football camp conducted by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer.

The campers were taught all the basic fundamentals of the game from blocking to catching and throwing the football.

Meyer, a native of Ashtabula County and a 1982 graduate of Ashtabula Saint John's High School, was joined by Eastern Kentucky head football coach Dean Hood, another Ashtabula county native, in conducting the camp as a way to give back to their hometown.

"Dean and I started talking about this years ago. This is more than just football," Meyer said. "The number one reason we came back was to say thanks to the community where we grew up."

Meyer and Hood were joined by 19 area coaches who were willing to give up their Fourth of July holiday week to volunteer at the camp. Some of which are old friends of the Buckeyes head coach.

"Taking time away from their families, I didn't expect that out of Ashtabula," Meyer said. "It's good for the soul to come back to your hometown and be welcomed."

No word on whether the camp will become an annual event, but as for returning home, Meyer plans to make that happen more often.

"Obviously being three hours away is much different than being six or seven states away," Meyer said. "I'll be back more often."

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