One of the highlights of the week of the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl is the youth clinic as players get to teach the game to young Bahamians who come out to interact with coaches and players. This year was no different as on Wednesday, December 18, young Bahamians showed up at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium to learn more about the game of football.
Steve Specht, head coach at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and master trainer with USA football, was excited to see the children in action.
“This is fantastic. I don’t know who is having more fun – myself, the players from Charlotte or Buffalo, or the kids running through the camp,” Specht said.
“This is just exciting for USA Football to come down to The Bahamas and to be able to spread the game we all love so very much.”
The athletes were humbled to be given the opportunity to give back to the sport that they love.
Max Michel, defensive end for the Buffalo Bulls, said: “You are giving back. I think that every single one of these players that are coaching these young guys had a coach that impacted their lives in ways that none of us can imagine. Now they are giving back and they are impacting these young kids.”
Participants at the camp did several drills during their time on the field.
Some of the drills included a passing and receiving station, open field tackling, open running station, running back ladder drill and a four-cone drill to work on agility. They also had a competition to see who had the best touchdown dance.
“There are some really good athletes here that if they wanted to play this game at a higher level or at the Bahamas Bowl one day with Buffalo or Charlotte these kids will have the opportunity if they choose,” Specht said.
Michel echoed what Specht said: “There are a lot of talent. These guys are fast. I was not that fast when I was little. They are really moving around and having a great time doing it.”
The student-athletes had an action-packed week apart from the clinic that included practices and enjoying the Atlantis Resort facilities.