Boys and girls ages seven to 14 participated in a wide array of football drills on Saturday and Sunday June 23-24th at UCSD. At the third annual Old Spice
“Our culture has gotten to where at seven years old, if you don’t have every private coach in the country, then you are not trying,” Rivers said. “I didn’t put on a helmet until I was 13 years old, so there is no rush. Let these kids play. Play hide-and-seek and everything they can get their hands on to find their passion.”
Along with having fun, Rivers hopes the participants take away some life skills.
“When you throw the same T-shirt on three hundred kids it doesn’t matter where you are from, what your background is, or what color you are, we are all on the same team,” Rivers explained. “That is why the game of football means to me way more than a game. It teaches you so many lessons about life.”
The event was to benefit the Rivers of Hope Foundation.
- Contributed by freelance writer Dan McLellan.