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49ers Youth Camp Finishes Strong

Posted by Taylor Price on July 13, 2011 – 3:11 PM

On Tuesday, Jim Harbaugh made a promise. On Wednesday, the 49ers head coach delivered on it.

A day after Harbaugh offered to lead campers at the 49ers fifth annual Youth Football Camp through a special drill, the coach was out on the practice fields once again to show his drill that emphasized all the important aspects of the game.

“It’s all the essentials of football – running, jumping, and using proper angles,” described former 49ers defensive lineman Dennis Brown, who also spent the day coaching up campers.

Harbaugh’s drill, a modified game of keep-away, was one of the main highlights on third and final day of camp. After campers were taught about the importance of respect and team work on the first two days of camp, the like skill of the day was all about finishing.

Campers were encouraged to end their camp experience on a strong note, by utilizing all their teachings throughout the week and apply them to finish every drill properly.

In addition to his role instructing, Brown was part of the welcoming committee on Wednesday, offering encouragement to campers on their way to the practice field. And after the morning session wrapped up, it was clear that the one-time Super Bowl Champion defensive lineman was truly blown away with his short experience at the youth camp.

“This is something when I was growing up, we didn’t have many of these camps,” Brown said. “It’s great that the 49ers have this for the kids to come to in the summer time.”

After Harbaugh’s portion of the day, Brown later used his defensive background to show campers proper hand placement and footwork needed for defensive line drills. Though Brown recognized that not every camper is at the same level, he still took the time to make sure his message got across to every boy and girl out there.

“The skill level is different,” he said, “but the teaching is all the same.”

The presence of Harbaugh and Brown was certainly appreciated by parent Carolyn Grady, who brought her family all the way from Nevada so her son could participate in the camp.

“Overall, it’s been an incredible experience,” said Grady, who found the camp online after researching ways to get more football experience for her son.

Likewise, 49ers tight ends coach Reggie Davis was another proud parent watching from the sidelines. Davis’ twin boys received their first football experiences out at the camp and have raved to their father on a daily basis.

“After the first day they were excited and couldn’t wait to come back for the next day,” Davis said. “Seeing them excited about the game makes me happy.”

Davis equally was thrilled to see Harbaugh instructing.

“I’m sure they loved it and soaked it up, especially the older ones who really know who he is,” Davis said. “I know all the kids loved it. That’s who Jim is, he has a passion for the game and he loves young people. So that was right up his alley.”

Brown (pictured right) greets a camper headed towards the football fields.

Just like the pros, practice begins with stretching.

Coach Harbaugh enjoys greeting the campers before instructing his special drill.


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