PREDATORS HOST SIXTH ANNUAL YOUTH FOOTBALL CLINIC
The Orlando Predators held their sixth annual Youth Football Clinic on Friday.
Predators Offensive Coordinator Ben Bennett was the man in charge, and he made sure the kids enjoyed their time with the Predators.
“The important thing is that these kids learn that working hard doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.”
Bennett also started his career playing in youth football camps and says kids that are serious about football—and those that are not--can benefit from participating in them.
“It’s an important thing for guys that want to make this a big part of their lives and kids that just want to come out and run around for a little bit. We try to cater to all of them.”
Bennett also made sure the event wasn’t just about football.
“We made sure that we emphasize for them to be good kids and good people. It entails a little more than just being polite. You have to listen to your parents, you have to listen to your coaches. We emphasized character as much as athleticism.”
Adam Renish, one of the sixty kids to participate in the clinic, said he learned a lot from attending.
“I got to learn what they know and how they do their moves, and also how to tackle.” When asked his favorite part of the clinic, he had trouble deciding.
“Just everything,” he said.
“It was an experience we will never forget,” said his father, Dave Renish.
Adam and the rest of the clinic participants received a t-shirt and a commemorative football that the players autographed. They also received a ticket to the Predators game that evening against the New Orleans VooDoo and were invited onto the field to be recognized.
Predators’ head coach Bret Munsey and players Marlon Moye-Moore, Alric Arnett, Chris Jamison and Randy Lowery all attended the camp.
“We tried to teach them ladder drills, speed drills, 40-yard dash techniques, 20-yard shuttle techniques and just things that they will be able to use in the future,” Lowery explained. “I think the kids had a great time. Anytime you can come together, work with kids, and give back to the community, it’s always a fun experience and a great time.”