LA Rams Rookies are hosting a football clinic in Inglewood
In June, members of the Los Angeles Rams rookie class facilitated a free college football clinic for Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) students at Crozier Middle School. Over 300 students came out and learned various drills from the new players.
“It’s great that they were able to get the kids to work with our elementary and middle school athletes,” said IUSD Director of Athletics Omar Bray. “We always want them to focus on fitness and nutrition as well as academics, so that’s something they can work on, strong mind, strong body.”
The youngsters participated in speed and agility drills as well as running and catching drills. They also had to learn the basics of flag football. The youth were divided into groups and rotated through training stations, the recruits and youth engagement coaches would facilitate and participate in the training.
“I remember going to events like this when I was a little kid, it just takes me back,” Rams rookie defensive lineman Elijah Garcia said. “It’s like I’m living in their place again, but on the other side of them. It was great to be able to give back to this community.”
Garcia helped the kids learn what it takes to be a running back. He noted that he wanted to understand what it was like to be a coach.
“They’re learning how to hold the ball and just go through the sacks, go through it with contact,” Garcia said. “They are doing well.”
Parents of the youngsters watched their children work with the Rams players. Jason Peoples brought his two sons, Cyrus and Chase, to the clinic.
“It’s exciting. I want to get out there, but I know I’m too old to come out here and play with these kids,” Peoples said. “I appreciate them coming out and they’re excited about it, the kids love it, I enjoying it, it’s my day off.’
Antoine Sims brought his son Carter to the clinic. He hopes his son learns the importance of teamwork and camaraderie from the event.
“I thought it was a good opportunity for me to bring my son … to come out and have fun with the Rams players,” Sims said. “The rookies are good though. They will be able to get a chance to go out and see the kids in town.
Rams director of social justice and football development Jonathan Franklin noted how events like the clinic promote health, wellness and unity among youth.
“We are so excited to be able to spend a fun day highlighting the power of soccer right here at our home in Inglewood,” he said. “[We’re] we’re really excited to give our recruits a vehicle to give back, be the local heroes that they are, and provide access to members of our community.”
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