Hoag Performance Center is the home to the Chargers, but on Sunday, it housed the stars of tomorrow.
The Chargers hosted Nike Football’s The Opening Regionals, an all-day camp designed to help elite high school players with college potential advance their football and training knowledge.
“To come out and see the facility, I know as a kid I would have loved this,” added former Charger and current football analyst Curtis Conway. “This is awesome. These kids won’t forget this experience.”
“It’s always good to come back and give away the knowledge you were taught growing up in high school,” mentioned Desmond King. “It’s always good to give back and come out and support the young guys.”
The Bolts hosted the Southern California stop on The Opening’s regional tour. Per their website, The Opening Regionals is free for attendees and is the only national camp that offers athletes state-of-the-art education in both Nike Football Training and position-specific football from respected position coaches, while improving each player who attends.
“These guys are juniors going to be seniors so they won’t experience this type of atmosphere (again),” Conway added. “They won’t experience all these NFL players out here giving them first-hand information and fundamentals. So it’s crucial that they take these lessons they’re teaching them which can basically take them all the way to the pros if they make it.”
The Chargers hosted Nike Football's The Opening Regionals at Hoag Performance Center for top Southern California high school football players.
As Conway alluded, sharing a field with former players as well as current Chargers like Denzel Perryman, Desmond King, Rayshawn Jenkins, Jatavis Brown and Dan Feeney is an invaluable experience. It’s one that’s left a lasting impression on a couple of those players.
“I went to one of these camps when I was a junior in high school,” said Perryman. “So just to come out here and see these kids compete and have fun, that’s what it’s all about.”
“We, once upon a time, were out here just like these kids trying to make our way to where we are now,” added Jenkins. “It’s important to come out here and physically show these kids that we have guys from the same environment and the same places. I used to do camps like this and when the professional athletes came and talked to us, that was very important because it truly showed us that we can someday be in the same shoes as them.”
Top performers will have a chance to qualify for a spot at The Opening Finals, Nike’s four-day competition this July for the country’s top high school football prospects. Check out the top 10 players heading to Dallas this summer.