Atlanta Falcons’ free summer football camp returns to MSU
by Danny Waldo
Once again, the Atlanta Falcons’ organization will return to Bozeman and the campus of Montana State University to offer a free summer football camp for youth ages 7-13. The dates for this year’s camp are Tuesday, June 25th and Wednesday, June 26th from 6–9pm.
The camp is an opportunity for players to learn basic football skills and fundamentals in a safe, no contact environment. There is no equipment necessary, the camp is open to all ability levels, and both boys and girls may attend. Every camper will receive a free t-shirt, in addition to getting to meet both current and former Atlanta Falcons players.
Last season, offensive lineman Ben Garland represented the Falcons at the youth camp and shared his story of overcoming adversity and persevering to achieve his dream of playing in the National Football League. In 2017, Garland was awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for the Falcons’ organization thanks to his community work and support.
Former 1st Round draft pick Bobby Butler has also appeared in Bozeman at the last two youth camps, and in addition to offering coaching in football skills, he also offers advice to the players at the camp about being successful in life. “You cannot give up, you’re just that close to your goals, you’ve gotta be a person of excellence, you gotta be willing to outwork somebody for your dream,” said Butler.
The camp is free and open to all youth ages 7 to 13, but space is limited. For more information, or to register for the camp, go to www.atlantafalcons.com/community/community-programs/youth-football-camps. •