250 to 300 Attend Greenway’s Camp
Posted By:  Annie Butler
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Original article posted by Luke Hagen - The Daily Republic. 
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blogChad Greenway’s message Monday at his fifth annual dual sports camp was simple.

“Hustle, hard work, the basic fundamentals you can do without any talent,” said Greenway, a Mount Vernon native and linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings.

Monday was the first of two days for the camp, which is being held at Joe Quintal Field. About 250 to 300 campers from third to 10th grade participated in football, basketball and power clinics from the morning into the afternoon, working on fundamentals in basketball and football. Today, the camp starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at about 2 p.m.

Greenway, who signed autographs and posed for photos with campers for about 45 minutes after the conclusion of Monday’s session, also talked about character building and nutritional values.

“When you come out here, you see kids with tremendous talent, and yet you see kids that maybe haven’t been around the game as much,” Greenway said. “But we always preach, no matter how many gifts you’ve got sports-wise, you can always hustle and put in the hard work.”

Greenway started the camp in 2007, the year after his rookie season in the NFL. He’s held the camp each year since, getting help from football, basketball and track coaches and athletes from the area to work with the campers. Monday, he lined up at many positions during football drills, showing kids linebacker stances and tackling drills.

He and Vikings center John Sullivan wrapped up the day with a game of touch football with kids in grades third through sixth.

“When Chad first asked me to come out and help him, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Sullivan, who was drafted by the Vikings in 2008 and attended his third Greenway sports camp. “But my girlfriend and I look forward to coming out to South Dakota every year, helping out.

“(Helping) the young kids, it’s such a blank slate that you’re working with them and really starting a great foundation.”

Greenway said running the annual camp is one of the highlights of his summer.

“We do a lot of similar things each year,” Greenway said. “The fundamentals never change. This is more about getting the kids out here, active and involved. We haven’t changed much since the first time we’ve done it.”





 
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