Military Sports

Falcons running back teaches football fundamentals at camp

Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier is hosting a two-day youth football camp on Fort Gordon July 14-15.

Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier is hosting two-day youth football camp at Fort Gordon. Christopher Rickerson/Augusta Good News

“It’s a game changer,” Allgeier said about the youth camp Friday. “Making all these kids smile and making there day, that is the biggest thing.”

Allgeier said this youth camp is a way he can do something for the people that serve this country.

“I respect anyone in the military. This is the least I can do to serve their kids and be at this camp when they are serving our country,” he said. “I am so grateful for that.”

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service teamed with Procter & Gamble and the Defense Commissary Agency to host these NFL ProCamps for military children for the fifth year.

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About 150 first through eighth grade (ages 6-14) from the Fort Gordon military community were expected to participated in the two-day camp, according to a press release. The ProCamps give military kids the opportunity for tips and hands-on instruction from professionals, including lectures, fundamental football skills stations, contests and non-contact games in a high-energy, fun and positive environment.

Chris Somerville has taken his son to a few pro youth football camps. He says he hopes his son learns he can follow his dreams to one day play in the NFL.

“Since he was four, his dream is to be in the NFL. My goal is for him to understand this could be him and to have fun and learn some new skills he can bring back to his team this year,” Somerville said.

Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier is hosting a two-day youth football camp on Fort Gordon. Christopher Rickerson/Augusta Good News

Somerville also says he is grateful for Allgeier coming out and giving his son this experience.

“I didn’t get this experience growing up, so for him to experience this at such a young age is just great,” Somerville said.

Many of the other young athletes were also excited to attend the camp. Brody Tucker, 12, recently moved from Hawaii back to his hometown in Evans. He says he is a huge Falcons fan and was excited to meet Allgeier.

“Ever since I was born, I have been a Falcons’ fan with my dad and it is just amazing being here,” Tucker said. “It’s unbelievable and I can’t wait to be on the field with him (Allgeier).”

NFL training camps begin in just a couple weeks for Allgeier and the Atlanta Falcons. Allgeier is looking forward to beginning his second season in the NFL after he rushed for over 1,000 yards in his rookie year.

“It’s all just confidence and getting more comfortable with the offense, play calls, special teams, or where ever I need to be, just ball,” Allgeier said. “We got some talent, and I am just excited for camp.”

Christopher Rickerson, an Augusta University graduate, covers sports and features for Augusta Good News.

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