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Sevastopol Students Attend Packer Camp with Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb, the Green Bay Packer standout wide receiver, hosted his second annual ProCamp in Green Bay on Sunday, May 21. Among the youth participants were two Sevastopol students who spent the day working with Randall Cobb and several coaches.

The all-day camp was hosted by ProCamps Worldwide at the Notre Dame Academy High School. The camp offered nearly 200 youth athletes from grades 1-8 the opportunity to learn football skills from coaches along with Cobb himself.

Among Cobb’s goals during the camp was to teach the young athletes the value of teamwork.

“Football is the ultimate team sport,” Cobb said. “You need all 11 guys doing the same thing on every play…In life, the more that you can have people around you that push you to succeed, I think it helps.”

Cobb is entering his seventh season as a wide receiver with Green Bay. Cobb and his Packers’ teammates reported Monday for Organized Team Activities (OTAs), but not before Cobb spent the day working with area youths.

Logan Beyer, a Sevastopol eighth-grader, is a regular attendee of ProCamps and participated in his fifth and final ProCamp event on Sunday.

“The football camp is one of the best experiences I get to have every year,” Beyer said. “I love getting the chance to have fun and meet new people. It is definitely something to look forward to.”

Participants took part in several football stations that taught and reinforced fundamentals of the game. Players were grouped in teams of 10 of similar ages and assigned a coach. Each group was placed in one of three age divisions.

The youngest campers made up the “Tornadoes” division, named after Cobb’s high school team, the Alcoa Tornadoes. The mid-level age groups were named the “Wildcats” division, after Cobb’s college alma mater, the Kentucky Wildcats. The oldest players in camp participated in the Packers division, which represented Cobb’s current NFL team.

In addition to learning football skills, teams participated in a touch-football tournament, with Cobb participating throughout the camp. Beyer said he enjoyed this part of the camp most of all.

“My favorite part is when you get to play games against the other teams and work with your team,” he said. “It is a great camp for anyone who wants to get better and loves the game.”

Sevastopol second-grader Jaxon Rankin was also one of the participants for the second consecutive year.

“It was fun,” Rankin said. “It was cool when he came over by us during practice. I liked that.”

When asked about his favorite part of the camp, Rankin replied, “Probably when Randall Cobb came over to our quarterback.”

Additional activities included a “Smokehouse” run to determine the fastest campers and a 40-yard dash against Cobb. Several awards were handed out to participants, with all receiving an autographed photo of Cobb along with a photo alongside him.

 

Justin Skiba is a local educator and former high school football coach. He lives in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. with his wife, Stephanie, and daughters, Amelia and Delaney.

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