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Bladenboro native hosts FUNdamental football clinic

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Richard Howell shows kids the proper fundamentals. (Source: WECT) Richard Howell shows kids the proper fundamentals. (Source: WECT)

Over 50 kids came out to West Bladen High School this weekend to learn football fundamentals from the best. 

Richard Howell, the assistant strength and condition coach for the Indianapolis Colts, hosted a youth FUNdamentals clinic. 

A Bladenboro native himself, Howell wanted to give back to his community and while help keeping kids off the streets.

"This is an opportunity for them to learn they can take their energy and not just sit in front of the TV all the time or be in the streets, but come out and learn some kills they can use everyday," Howell said.

Parents from the surrounding area jumped at the opportunity to give their kids a positive influence. 

"When I saw they were out here doing this for the young kids...I made sure to get mine out here," one parent said.

The field was covered in cones and foam footballs as high school coaches and players donated their time to show the kids how to play the game the right way.

"We had some offensive stations where the kids learned how to throw the ball, grip the ball," Howell explained. "They learned how to catch high balls and low balls. There were some defensive stations where they learned how to backpedal and the proper technique for tackling so they won't get hurt."

After the two hour clinic was over.  All 50 kids walked off the field knowing the fundamentals for not only football but for life.

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