More than 300 kids participated last week in a pair of football camps led by WVU student-athletes and coaches. Two area athletes brought home top honors in the Punt, Pass, Kick competitions for their age group. Sawyer Naye, son of Brian and Casey Naye of Sutton took top honors in the 2nd grade age group which consisted of nearly 50 participants. Bryson Moats, son of Logan Brown of Sutton, claimed the top prize in the 6th grand speed skills competition.
More than 20 Mountaineers coached drills and played games with kids at the camps, which were organized by the Country Roads Trust, West Virginia’s name, image and likeness collective.
Participants got to catch footballs — and even a few water balloons — from WVU quarterbacks Will Crowder, JT Daniels, Garrett Greene and Nicco Marchiol.
The camp was split into two sessions. The morning session featured offensive skill position players, while defensive players and offensive linemen instructed camp participants in the afternoon.
“It definitely is [fun],” Daniels said. “Especially when you have as many of us as we had out here today, like Mike [O’Laughlin], Sam [James] and Bryce [Ford-Wheaton], and all of us having fun and competing with them, it was a really good time.”
Student-athletes also signed autographs after each camp session.
The camp was free and open to elementary and middle school-aged children. Diversified Energy sponsored the event.