The annual Knox College/Galesburg Football League camp is coming up in early July. Camp organizer Andy Gibbons says the camp will be held July 7th thru 10th at the Knosher Bowl on the Knox campus. He described the format for the camp on the WGIL Morning News.
“The flag portion of it is kids going in first through third grade. That’s from 9:15 to 10:45. Then, after that, the tackle portion of it is kids going in fourth through sixth grade, and that’s 11:15 to 1:15,” Gibbons said. “The great thing about the tackle part of it, is the first two days, the JFL coaches are there, and they get to work with their current players that are coming back, and they’ll also be working with some of the kids they’ll draft and be on their team.”
Andy said a number of local sponsors will underwrite the camp, which will keep it affordable. Camp fees are $32 in advance, or $40 for walk-up registrations. Campers will be able to learn on the comfort of the field turf at Knox College, and Andy said he’s happy for Galesburg High School to be getting their facilities upgraded this year as well.
“It looks like it’s going to be an awesome facility,” Gibbons said. “They’re happy for those players. I think it’s great for those seniors. It’s going to open that stadium up, and the coaching staff. One of the great things about field turf…talk about the games, but the other great thing about it is the practice. Every day you have a good field. I don’t know what their practice situation is going to be, but we practice in the Knosher Bowl every single day. You don’t have to worry about the mud, dirt, grass…it’s always going to be a good surface to play on.”
The Knox/JFL football camp is in its’ 10th year, and already has 50 signups. Coach Gibbons said they are expecting 80 or 90 kids by the time the camp begins on July 7th.
Coach Steve Cheeseman and the Galesburg American Legion baseball team is in Washington today for a pair of games as they begin another weekend tournament there. The first two opponents for Post 285 are Limestone and Wilmette, with the host Washington on the schedule for tomorrow. Galesburg enters the weekend play with a record of 14-5.