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Camp takes players beyond

Football: B2G program focuses on skills training and preparing for preps, college.

July 29, 2010|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — While most people opted to sleep in Saturday morning, more than 100 young athletes crawled out of bed around 7 a.m. to hone their football skills.

Athlete development company Beyond 2000 Enterprises, or B2G, which is short for beyond two grand, teamed up with AOS Medical Center to provide the second annual Free Youth Football Skills Camp for football players from ages of 8 to 18. The camp was held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Francis High School.

"The B2G program focuses on training speed, agility and quickness, and will break it down for each position," camp coordinator and former University of Michigan offensive lineman Courtney Morgan said. "They will learn a lot of fundamental stuff, the proper stance and blocking, stuff they will need to know at any level."

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"There are professional physical therapists and athletic trainers here," Dr. Carlo Orlando of AOS Medical Center said. "These are all the kinds of people you'd see at your standard pro or college football game."

B2G Sports focuses on teaching the proper technique and skills needed to be successful in football. The 100-plus campers were broken up by positions to learn under former NCAA football players. Players learned the proper stance, footwork and technique depending on their position.

"You get one-on-one training from former college players and they've experienced what you could go through in the future," Andrew Dehne, an 11-year old defensive tackle, said. "They know what goes on later on."

Dehne, a La Cañada resident, who also plays for the La Cañada Gladiators, said one of his motivations to come out was to play on the same field of Dietrich Riley, the recently graduated St. Francis High standout, who will play at UCLA after winning three consecutive All-Area Player of the Year honors. Dehne dreams of one day getting a football scholarship to play for a big-name school like Notre Dame, USC or Florida and it would be hard to find the instruction he received on Saturday from anywhere else.

Last year, current NFL players like Joselio Hanson of the Philadelphia Eagles, Donald Penn of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chris Perry of the Cincinnati Bengals, came to help out with the camp. This year, because of NFL training camp, NFL players couldn't make it out, but past NCAA football players came to impart their knowledge on the young athletes.

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