COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Former Mizzou football players L'Damian Washington and Jerrell Jackson are hosting a football camp August 3-6 in Columbia.
The four-day camp will be held at West Middle School from 10-11:30 a.m. each day. Kids ages 10-18 can participate. Here's a link to find out more details on the camp.
Washington said there will be 40-yard dash training, 7-on-7, big man competitions and more.
"I think that most people are thinking when L’Damian Washington is putting it on it’s a receiver camp, but that’s not the case," Washington said. "I am encouraging O-lineman and D-lineman to come out there. Let’s get better. Let’s work."
Washington said there will be plenty of safety precautions in place to keep everyone healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. He spoke with former Mizzou basketball player Laurence Bowers - who recently held a basketball camp in Columbia. Washington said he'll follow the same guidelines Bowers put in place. He hopes to have about 50 kids in the camp.
"We just ask that every kid brings their mask, their own water bottle," Washington said. "We're just going to make sure that we do everything we can to take every precaution that every kid is safe to help prevent the spread of COVID-19."
Washington said Columbia has always felt like home, and he enjoys giving back to the community.
"Columbia has always been good to me," Washington said. "I became a man here in Columbia with the fans and the support that the Mizzou fans poured into me, and I think it's my way of giving back - giving the kids something to look forward to."
Overall, Washington hopes to give the kids an opportunity to grow as football players before the start of the upcoming fall football season.
"A lot of these kids have been cooped up in the house all summer, in a sense, and I think it's time that they go out and do something fun and enjoy it."