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Dozens turn out for week-long Detroit Lions Football Education youth camp at Montague

Lions OT Dan Skipper featured guest on final night of four-day camp Thursday.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

MONTAGUE — Friday night lights will not be returning to Montague’s Townsend Athletic Complex until September, but the football stadium has been abuzz all week with some special guests.

Detroit Lions Football Education returned to Montague High School for its annual youth camp running Monday through Thursday (June 6-9, 2022). Dozens of young football players, ages 6-14, were schooled on fundamentals and character-building by a group of Detroit Lions Football Education coaches led by Pat Sharrow.

Montague seventh-grader Steven Aebig, 12, and Detroit Lions offensive tackle Dan Skipper listen to instructions during the Detroit Lions Football Education youth camp Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Townsend Athletic Complex in Montague, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

Thursday night, 6-foot-10, 320-pound Lions offensive tackle Dan Skipper was featured guest at the Montague camp, which is one of 24 stops in 21 different markets across Michigan. Eighteen of the two-dozen camps sold out, according to Sharrow. Seventy campers signed up for the Montague camp, which went from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

According to Sharrow, goals for the camp are to offer a positive experience for children and parents as well as any coaches that are involved. He said the football side of it is important, as they teach fundamentals and want to build upon them, but character education is another piece. They hope campers take the skills, drills and lessons they learn on the field and apply them to the classroom, in the community and at home.

See dozens of photos from Thursday night’s camp session at Montague, and watch the video below for highlights and reaction from Sharrow, Skipper and Steven Aebig, a 12-year-old camper who is entering his seventh-grade year at Montague.

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