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Free football camp for youth

Local teenager decides to give back to community

Posted: March 22, 2009 1:31 a.m.
Updated: March 22, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Most students probably plan for spring break by gearing up for a week of kicking back. But Taylor Kozak took to heart a charge from President Barack Obama - he plans on giving back.

Inspired by the president's call for national service, Kozak, 16, organized a free football camp for local kids. The camp will be held April 6 to April 9 at Canyon High School.

"I wanted to give back," said the offensive linebacker for the Canyon High School Cowboys.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, Kozak and 30 other football players, plus some Canyon High alumni players, will give kids between the ages of 8 and 11 a crash course in the basics of football.

So far, 70 kids have signed up, and there's room for about 30 more. He said his goal was to keep it open to kids whose parents can't afford camp programs.

The school is providing equipment for the week, and Kozak said parents shouldn't be concerned if their children don't own the proper cleats or clothing.

The point of the camp, he said, is to provide some basic lessons in football and have fun doing it.

He said food will be provided by Sam's Club and Wendy's.

When it comes to philosophy, Kozak said the lessons of football spill over to the rest of life.

"You're definitely more motivated to do things," he said. "You have more of an understanding of a team and (striving) to do better.
"You have to work hard at everything."

There is a rolling deadline for sign-ups. For more information e-mail


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