Football camp a success


Mt. Sterling community rallies to save annual event

By Chris Miles - cmiles@aimmediamidwest.com



Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.


Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.


Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.


Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.


Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.


Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.


Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.


Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.


Courtesy of Jack Dill

There were plenty of smiling faces in the Village of Mount Sterling Saturday, July 1 as roughly 100 kids participated in the annual James Cotton Youth Football Fun Camp held at Veterans Field.

The camp which was run by a collection of former Ohio State University football players, including Cotton, once again brought dozens of kids together and helped teach them various skills and techniques of the sport.

“It was a great opportunity for the kids to rub elbows with a lot of former Ohio State guys,” village administrator John Martin said. “The kids had a chance to learn from former players and ask them questions, and who knows this camp may influence whether someone wants to play football in the future.”

The camp was split into two sessions sessions. The morning session which was for kids ages 8 to 11 which capped out at 75 students. The afternoon session had a total of 21 campers.

Martin said there were a number of individuals and local businesses that made the camp a reality. Tyler Curtis, a village employee, was the man on the ground taking a leadership role, making sure things ran smoothly.

“Tyler stepped up and took over,” Martin said. “He did a great job making sure everything ran well.”

Curtis said it was a complete team effort with plenty of others contributing their time and effort to making the football camp a success.

“Jack Dill and my co-worker Dennis Case gave up a lot of time Friday and Saturday morning to make sure we covered all the bases,” Curtis said. “Rhonda Stafford, Courtney Bricker and Bertha Wahl took a huge load off my shoulders making sure kids were checked in properly and that every participant received a camp shirt.”

The camp likely wouldn’t have happened without the help of some key businesses, organizations and an anonymous donor.

With the Village facing the possibility of having to foot the bill for the camp itself, it got a big assist from the community. Keihin Thermal donated the entire $2,500 needed to bring Cotton’s camp to Mount Sterling. American Legion Post 417 contributed $500 to pay for the camp T-shirts and an anonymous donor then stepped up to cover any additional costs.

The local Sunoco gas station donated ice and Keihin Thermal made sure there was enough water and Gatorade for the campers to stay hydrated.

“This camp has become a good community builder,” Martin said. “Lots of people stepped in and made this a success. There were a lot of people in the village that wouldn’t usually be here. There was definitely an economic impact.”

The plan is to continue to provide the camp for the years to come. The camp was completely free for the participants and their families.

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Cotton-1.jpgNearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success. Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Cotton-2.jpgNearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success. Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Cotton-3.jpgNearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success. Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Cotton-4.jpgNearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success. Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Cotton-5.jpgNearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success. Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Cotton-6.jpgNearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success. Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Cotton-7.jpgNearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success. Courtesy of Jack Dill

Nearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Cotton-8.jpgNearly 100 campers participated in the James Cotton Youth Football camp held Saturday, July 1 at Veterans Field in Mount Sterling. The camp which was free for the participants and their families was paid for by donations from Keihin Thermal, the American Legion Post 417 and an anonymous donor. A number of others donated their time and efforts to make it a success. Courtesy of Jack Dill
Mt. Sterling community rallies to save annual event

By Chris Miles

cmiles@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.

Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.