Seattle QB kicks off Spokane football camp

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by DARNAY TRIPP & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 10:44 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--NFL Quarterback Russell Wilson led a football camp for kids Monday morning at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

“The welcome I’ve gotten here in Spokane has been unbelievable,” said Wilson.

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The Seattle Seahawk worked with hundreds of children at the Russell Wilson Passing Academy.

The two-day camp works with football players between the ages of nine and 17. Russell said he takes the camps to places that mean a lot to him. He started the summer near his hometown in Richmond, Virginia.

Russell Wilson Passing Academy also made stops in North Carolina and Wisconsin. Wilson started his college career with N.C. State. The he was an instant success with the University of Wisconsin.

The NFL player wraps up the summer camp with a stop in Seattle on July 13th.

“During the off season I thought ‘you know what, I need to go see the people across the mountains,’” said Wilson

The professional football player said he made several stops in Spokane during his time playing minor league baseball.

“These kids are so enthusiastic,” said Wilson. “They’ve got some great talent out here as well.”

Wilson said the kids are helping him workout before the NFL season starts. He said the idea of the camp is for him to be hands on with the kids.

“I didn’t want to have a camp where I wasn’t there,” said Wilson.

Campers were given the opportunity to write down their dreams on tablet computers on Monday. Wilson said he wants the kids to focus on their sports dreams and their life dreams.

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