More than 200 players attended a football camp at West High on Wednesday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Baseball season maybe in full swing but many say it's never too early to start thinking about football. Some area high schooler's are doing just that.
The Iowa National Guard has teamed up with the National Football League. The two are sponsoring three high school player development football camps across Iowa.
It kicked off Wednesday at Sioux City's West High School. The program emphasizes safety and concussion awareness. These student-athletes are also learning time management skills, character development and social media etiquette.
"What you put out there, stays out there," said Grant Van Beek from the Iowa National Guard. "You can't take it back and if you're looking at being recruited into any college and a coach is looking at your background, they're going to see that. They're going to look if you put out anything bad on Facebook or Twitter."
"Any professional job is going to look at our social media and if we post anything bad on there, they're not going to take us serious," said Chris Lantz, outside linebacker. "So, it's just better that we learn about those things now."
More than 200 student-athletes from nine different Siouxland high schools attended today's event. The camp is free to all area football players grades nine through 12.
"It's kind of a good way to kickoff the summer and get back in to the football mode because it's been a long time since they put the pads on last fall," said Trever Case, regional director for the camp.
"The goal is to get kids to learn about leadership, character, football, because they all come together, and to just be better citizens as well," said John Austinson, central regional director of the HSPD program for the NFL.
The camp wraps up in Sioux City on Thursday.
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