Center Roughriders christen new artificial turf with youth football camp

CENTER, TX (KTRE) – High school football is only weeks away from starting in East Texas, and one might think, that is all coaches are thinking about these days.  Not so for Center High School coaches who on Wednesday took time out of their busy schedule to host a youth football camp.

The football camp is going on as crews rush to complete renovations at Roughriders Stadium.  The new field turf is ready to go and the rest of the project should be ready soon.

Youngsters in grades 3 through 8 are among the first to play on the new surface since it was changed from grass to artificial turf.  In addition to the football stadium renovations, improvements have also been made to the softball and baseball fields.

The coaching staff is excited to teach the future Roughriders the benefits, fundamentals and fun of football. "Everybody knows this is the X-box generation, I have one at home myself that has iPads and everything else. They have so much at their fingertips, so I think it is great that they have a chance to come out and throw a football," said Tracy Adair, Camp Coordinator and Assistant Coach.

"It's extremely important, one to get them out and about because kids don't play like they used to. But secondly, get them tied into Center football, wanting to grow up rough riders," added Kevin Goodwin, Athletic Director and Head Coach.  Goodwin said the participates will receive a camp t-shirt, learn the rules of football, do scrimmages and drills, learn team building skills.  Breakfast and lunch are also provided for the campers.

The camp ends Thursday at 1 pm.

The Center High School football team will begin Fall practice on August 1st.  The season opens against Rusk on August 26th.  Look for exclusive interviews with players and coaches once 2-a-days start right here at and on KTRE's East Texas News.

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