Former NFL star camping in Kennesaw
by Emily Horos
January 18, 2013 12:00 AM | 4700 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the NFL’s best running backs of the last decade, will be hosting a football camp this summer at Kennesaw Mountain.
<br>Associated Press photo
LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the NFL’s best running backs of the last decade, will be hosting a football camp this summer at Kennesaw Mountain.
Associated Press photo
Former NFL All-Pro LaDainian Tomlinson will be holding a football clinic at Kennesaw Mountain High School this summer.

The Elite Football Performance Clinic will be operated by the LaDainian Tomlinson Preparatory Academy from July 12-14.

Kennesaw Mountain football coach Andy Scott said the event came together through some common acquaintances he shared with Tomlinson.

“The biggest connection was Jimmy (Dickens) at Amazing Cuts in Acworth, where I get my haircut,” Scott said. “They were talking in there about somewhere that (Tomlinson) could hold his camp and someone suggested Kennesaw Mountain would be the perfect place. It kind of worked out for us to be able to get it set up.”

Tomlinson, a six-time All-Pro running back and five-time Pro Bowl player, ran for a career 13,684 yards in 11 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and the New York Jets. He announced his retirement from the NFL last June.

It is the first time Tomlinson has sponsored a camp in the Atlanta area, but Scott believes a successful clinic this year could lead to a longer relationship with Tomlinson and future clinics.

“We are hoping that he will come back again,” said Scott, who will hold a youth football camp from June 3-5 as a precursor to Tomlinson’s camp. “We want to prepare our junior program and our youth kids to participate in (Tomlinson’s) camp. We are hoping it’s something we can do each year, not just for us but for all the kids in the community.”

The clinic will be offered to boys and girls in grades 1-11, with it being broken down into two smaller groups.

There will be various instructional stations for grades 1-5 designed to teach and perfect techniques for all positions, as well as increase speed and agility. Athletes in grades 6-11 will participate in position drills and learn about recruiting and core course grade-point average information.

“From what I understand, what he does with the younger kids is work on fundamentals, but with the older kids he does fundamentals and then a lot of life skills,” Scott said. “A lot of things teaching kids exactly what college coaches are looking for, a lot of academic lessons, SAT/ACT prep work. So, when he gets the high school players, what he really focuses on being a teacher.”

Tomlinson will be on site to direct clinic activities and provide instruction.

Scott expects between 300 and 400 participants.

“We are excited,” he said. “It’s not just a great opportunity for Kennesaw Mountain, but for the entire community because L.T. is planning on being here every day, all day. He will work hand-in-hand with the kids.”

Scott made sure to point out that girls are welcome to attend.

“Girls playing youth football is prevalent across the country,” he said. “It isn’t as popular here in Georgia, but L.T. wants to give them an opportunity to due it as well.”

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