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Gatorade Junior Training Camp: A day of football, safety, and fun

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On Sunday Aug. 13, before Bills Training Camp practice, presented by Connors & Ferris, the Buffalo Bills hosted the Gatorade Junior Training Camp at St. John Fisher College for youth football players from the Rochester area.

The Gatorade Junior Training Camp is a free football clinic for children that teaches football’s fundamentals. At the event, youth football players rotated through various drill stations where they learned to throw like Tyrod Taylor, catch like Charles Clay, run like LeSean McCoy, tackle like Lorenzo Alexander, and block like Eric Wood, all while staying hydrated and having fun. The drills were supervised by current Buffalo Bills staff members and alumni including Director of Player Engagement & Alumni Marlon Kerner, Alumni Manager Jeremy Kelley, Demeris Johnson, Jon Corto and youth football coaches from the Rochester area.

Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to test their football skills in various activities including an NFL Flag Football Scrimmage and a relay race for a Bills prize package. When the young athletes were done with the Gatorade Junior Training Camp, they had the opportunity to watch the Buffalo Bills practice up close. After a day filled with fun, football and plenty of chances to meet and interact with their role models, the participants left with autographs, Gatorade sports drinks, healthy boxed lunches, and gift bags that included a Gatorade sideline towel, a Gatorade Squeeze bottle, and a Bills yearbook.

“We were so excited to host the Gatorade Junior Training Camp in conjunction with Bills Training Camp, hopefully it’s something we can do on an annual basis to give back to the Rochester community,” explained Director of Community Relations and Youth Football Preston Teague. “The youth football players and coaches from Rochester did a great job, and working with Gatorade to provide them with this opportunity is something that we are very proud of.”

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