It’s not often that a group of young athletes get to hear from two Pro Football Hall of Famers in the same setting.
It’s even rarer when those NFL Legends played the same position, for the same college team, a few decades apart.
That’s exactly what happened last Friday, when former Chargers tackle Ron Mix and former Bengals tackle Anthony Muñoz joined forces to host an NFL Play 60 Character Camp at USC’s Howard Jones Field. This year’s camp was unique in that it was a joint camp with help from both the Chargers and the Rams, as Andrew Whitworth was also attendance. More than 300 kids from the Los Angeles area participated in the camp.
Mix and Whitworth were joined by local youth and high school football coaches to help the campers through drills and share what the importance of having good character means.
“To come out here and partner with the Chargers for the eighth year, and to hold the Character Camp on USC’s campus is really special,” Muñoz said. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to not only teach these kids about football, but to help educate them on the benefits of healthy exercise and nutrition, as well as about character traits that will equip them to be successful in life.”
Now in effect for nearly a decade, the mission of these Play 60 Character Camps is to make a positive impact on the youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing the importance of getting 60 minutes of physical activity a day. It also reinforces the importance of positive character in athletics and life, and is part of the NFL and Chargers’ year-round Hispanic outreach initiative.