OSU Football Players Host Youth Camp

Richard MullaneyCORVALLIS, Ore. — Young Beaver fans had a special treat on Saturday: the Oregon State University football team hosted its annual OSU Youth Football Mini Camp.

Hundreds of third through eighth graders participated in the event, which was put on by the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. The players designed the drills themselves. Kids went to different stations for kicking, passing, blocking, and defensive drills. Both boys and girls came out for the event, and they say they loved being able to interact with the team.

“I think it was really fun being able to talk to all the players and play with them,” said Emma Koch, a 7th grade participant. “I’m a Beaver fan and I like the Beavers and I always wanted to play football.”

Players say they had just as much fun as the kids did – if not more.

“We get a day just to have fun and give back to the community,” said Richard Mullaney, a wide receiver for the team. “I think we had more fun than the kids actually. I loved it.¬†And just seeing them smile and have fun with it was awesome.”

After the camp, kids were able to get autographs and pictures with their favorite players.

Though the event was free, the Boys and Girls Club was accepting donations to fund its athletic scholarship fund.

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