Valley kids take part in Cards camp

30 active kids from around the Valley were selected to participate in a Cardinals' kids combine, to learn the different drills from the players themselves.

- 30 active kids from around the Valley were selected to participate in a Cardinals' kids combine, to learn the different drills from the players themselves.

Kids from 4th grade to high school ran around with some Cardinals football players as part of the fuel up to play, 60 kids combine.

Cayden Riester says he was thankful to be selected.

"I really love football, and I love playing, and my PE teacher inspires me to play," said Cayden Riester.

Program advisors selected four students per school who engage with fellow students and physical activity on a regular basis.

"I want to learn how to get my knees up higher because I don't get very high with jumps," said Riester.

The purpose is to encourage kids to eat healthy and get 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

"We're hoping we can develop those healthy habits at a young age, and that it stays through school and onto adulthood," said Antoine McClain.

McClain says the drills get kids, including plenty of girls excited about playing football.

"It teaches them discipline, it teaches them about life, in my opinion what I've learned growing up," said McClain.

McClain says he wishes he had camps like this one when he was growing up.

"I would have loved to have someone from where I come from, to meeting an NFL player, getting a head start on what to do and better myself, I would have loved it," he said.

The program is in it's 8th year and is in 1,400 schools across the state, and 7,300 schools nationwide.


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