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Shane Vereen camp offers fun, pointers to young football players

Patriots running back and VHS graduate hosts "Playmakers"

Posted: June 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.

NFL football running back and Valencia High School graduate Shane Vereen calls the attendees of the Shane Vereen Playmakers Football Camp to a huddle.

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About 130 young football players turned out Saturday to learn the ropes from a collection of professionals during a football camp conducted by Valencia High School graduate and current New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen.

The Shane Vereen Playmakers Football Camp took place Saturday morning at Vereen’s alma mater and provided coaching and drilling on a selection of football skills for children ages 6 to 13.

Vereen said Saturday he was happy with the chance to give back to the community.

“This is where I grew up. This is who raised me; this is the town that raised me,” he said. “So if I’m going to give back anywhere, I’m going to give back to the people who gave so much to me.”

Proceeds from the camp went to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a cause that has particular significance for Vereen.

His neighbor, David Stroud, died in 2011 at the age of 19 after battling cancer.

“I just felt so connected,” Vereen said. “Some of the strongest, toughest kids are not on the football field, but at Children’s Hospital.”

Larry Muir, Valencia’s head football coach, praised Vereen and his desire to give back to his community and said he was happy to have his program help out.

“Shane Vereen was such a big part of our football program, and he’s such a great guy,” Muir said. “He’s a great role model for kids. He was a super student-athlete in our program.”

For participants, Saturday’s camp provided a chance to get some pointers, as well as take photos and receive autographs.

But it also provided an opportunity for some fun.

During a scrimmage portion of the camp, participants celebrated touchdowns with high-fives or impromptu dances.

One participant celebrated a touchdown run by emphatically spiking the football and kissing his biceps.

Vereen said he hopes to bring the camp back in the future.

“I definitely think it’s something that I should do every year to be able to give back,” he said.


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