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FOOTBALL: Deaderick expecting big things from second free youth camp (06/10)

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By Chuck Jones

After receiving glowing endorsements on his first football camp last year, NFL defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick is promising an even better one this time around. And maybe a few surprises.

The second Brandon Deaderick Elite Skills Football Camp, which is free and open to boys and girls ages 8-14, is set for June 29 at the Elizabethtown Sports Park.

Deaderick, a former Elizabethtown High School star who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, wants to make the camp bigger and better. He said he was encouraged by the camp’s success last year, which drew nearly 200 campers.

“I thought last year we had a great camp,” said Deaderick, a 2005 Elizabethtown graduate. “I want to do as much as I can for the kids and the community. I want to make the event even more special this year. I’m trying to get more people involved and I want to get more players to come. I’m just looking at ways to improve it.”

One of those ways Deaderick is looking to enhance the experience is to attract some NFL players to help out with the camp.

“I’m still trying to finalize some things,” Deaderick said. “I’ve talked to some former Kentucky and Louisville players. I’ve talked to some rookies and some vets. I want to help give back to the community, so this is important to me.”

Deaderick was heavily involved in last year’s camp, going to the different stations and working with campers. The goal of this camp is to provide excellent football instruction and expose kids to the sport of football. Deaderick wants to use the principles he’s learned playing the game to teach the keys to success. He believes football teaches life skills such as discipline, dedication, determination and teamwork.

North Hardin coach Brent Thompson, who was an assistant at Elizabethtown when Deaderick played there, has been working to assemble a top-flight staff. Deaderick hopes to have every area school represented. Last year’s staff included more than 30 coaches from local high schools and middle schools as well as 20 volunteers.

Deaderick said the sports park is the perfect facility for the camp, because it has two football fields to give the campers plenty of room to go through drills.

“It’s a great facility,” Deaderick said. “Having two fields to work with gives everyone room to work. You don’t have to worry about doing a linemen drill and receivers running through to catch balls. You’re able to get in a lot of good instruction. That’s really important.”

Deaderick said not charging for the camp was imperative. He recalled going to camps when he was a child and wanted to make sure children had the same opportunities.

“I’m excited about football and I want to spread that excitement,” Deaderick said. “I just want to raise the bar this year. It’s going to be big time. It’s going to be a grade-A class act.”

After playing for the University of Alabama, where he was a member of a national championship team, Deaderick was a seventh-round pick by the New England Patriots. He played in the Super Bowl XLVI two years ago. Deaderick was cut by the Patriots in May and picked up by the Jaguars the next day.

Those interested can register at www.deaderick68.com. Registration ends Friday. The camp begins at 8 a.m. with registration and the camp is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. At the end of the camp, players will be given a free lunch.

For information, call Pamela Deaderick at 763-6514.

Chuck Jonescan be reached at (270) 505-1759 or cjones@thenewsenterprise.com