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It’s All Smiles For Colin Kaepernick And Over 300 Kids At His ProCamp

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In the past, Colin Kaepernick has been criticized for being emotionless and monosyllabic with the media. There is a solution: 300+ kids and St. Ignatius Prep school’s football field. It’s very possible that Kaepernick had more fun than the kids catching passes from him during his two day camp.

ProCamps is an amazingly well oiled machine that allows kids from grades 1-8 to be coached by some of their favorite professional athletes. The ratio of kids to coaches is 10 to 1 and drills, games and a 40 yard dash are on the agenda. The MVP on their coaching staff is Rod Huber from College of Mount St. Joseph, who motivates and emcees the entire event. He’s truly amazing at organizing the kids and coaches and you can see his passion for what he does.

Honestly the most notable part of the camp was Kaepernick’s genuine ear to ear grin. He moved from group to group and threw passes to all of the kids. In the first day camp wrap up when he was asked about throwing picks to some of the kids, he replied “I was trying to be nice!” When I asked if he was having more fun than the kids, he said “I love football and I love the kids. This is what I love.”

Kap was so great with the kids, I had to ask if he wanted any of his own someday. With a surprised face quickly answered “Not now.” But as the conversation continued he clarified “Later when I settle down, I could see myself with….maybe three.”

 

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Written by Jennifer C.

I have loved football for as long as I can remember. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, so I have a little soft spot for the Seahawks but I am genetically one of the 49er faithful. My family is from the bay area, so being a Niner is a requirement, not an option.

I relocated to Southern California to attend USC on an academic scholarship. During all four years at Southern Cal, I was a coxswain on the women’s varsity rowing team, working out in the same facility as all of the other athletes, including the football team. Knowing the players behind the face masks made all of the games very personal for me and increased my passion for the game. I continue to follow USC players in the league and unless they are playing against the Niners, I will pull for them.

I have been attending 49er games for quite some time. My grandfather has had season tickets for the Niners since they played at Kezar. At 95, he still attends a few games a year and knows everyone in our section.

twitter: @jenniferleechan

5 comments on “It’s All Smiles For Colin Kaepernick And Over 300 Kids At His ProCamp

  1. This is sickening.
    ProCamps should be ashamed.
    How dare ProCamps charge $250 per kids to attend this event!!!!
    The 300+ kids, who all caught a pass from Kaepernick, are among the luckiest kids on the planet, I don’t deny their thrill. They got a great bargain.
    The 49′ers are paying Kaepernick around $12 million this year, for an estimated 250 completed passes. That comes out to be $48,000 per pass.
    This article claims Kaepernick said “I love football and I love the kids. This is what I love.”
    No, Mr. Kaepernick, you love money. No, ProCamps, you love money.

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