Coach Hayden's 2019 Cardinal Pride Football Camp
The whistles were blowing and the air was hot as roughly 75 youth football players gathered at Eudora High School’s football stadium for Coach Sean Hayden’s Cardinal Pride Football Camp, which ran from July 15 -17, 2019. These young athletes, ages ranging from kindergarten to middle school, spent 90 minutes each evening working on skills to develop proper technique while learning about teamwork from members of the Eudora High School Football team, as well a local youth football coaches.
“I love how excited the youth kids are to play football,” said Coach Hayden. “The number of kids who turned out for this year's camp lets me know that we have a great football culture in this community and that the future is very bright for Eudora football.”
Roughly 40 of Coach Hayden’s Eudora High School Football players served as coaches for the young campers. Stations were set up around the field, where the high school students stressed proper form, technique, and discipline. The young Cardinals looked at their station coaches with admiration and respect.
“The high school athletes gain quite the experience from this youth camp,” Hayden noted. “They must teach the drills that we do every day to the youth kids, and by doing this, our athletes become better at the drills themselves.” Coach Hayden continued, “also, they gain that intrinsic reward of helping others. I think our high school athletes enjoy the camp just as much as the youth kids do.”
Also working with the camp were high school assistant coaches, as well as coaches from Eudora’s youth program. Each drill station had 3 to 5 coaches working with the young athletes, providing feedback and encouragement. Having the youth coaches on hand served as a great bridge to the school’s football program and youth sports.
“It’s a great opportunity to connect the community on a more meaningful level to EHS and the football program itself,” noted parent, coach, and vice president of the Eudora Youth Football and Cheer Association, Danny Lewis. “It adds faces to the names you see on Friday night and because of the equipment you cannot see them. For the long term health of the EHS Football program, these camps are vital.”
Coach Haden agreed. These camps are beneficial for every coach and athlete in Cardinal Nation.
“I like getting to work with our youth coaches and helping them in any way we can as high school staff. We meet with these coaches the week before camp and find out how we can best serve them and their athletes,” said Hayden. “I think this partnership between our youth program and our high school program is a great thing for our community and its athletes.”