HARRISBURG – As Miles Sanders strode across the grass at Rocco Ortenzio Stadium on Saturday, a smile spread across his face as hundreds of young soccer players chanted his last name.
It was symbolic of why the Philadelphia Eagles running back decided to hold his first youth football camp as a professional at Bishop McDevitt High School.
The Pittsburgh native and Penn State alumnus wanted to give back to the fans who have supported him throughout his career while also sending a message to the kids who one day hope to be in his place, so he teamed up with Flex Work Sports. to organize the event. .
âI don’t take any of this for granted,â Sanders said. âI never thought kids would scream my name like that, but I’m excited. This is my first time attending a camp and I’m excited for everything. “
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Campers had to go through all kinds of drills and football and athletic stations throughout the day, and everyone left with a photo of the camp and a t-shirt.
Sanders will eventually return to Philadelphia to prepare for his third season as an Eagle. To date, he’s run for 1,685 yards and nine touchdowns, six of which a year ago.
Before that, however, he will continue to look for ways to give back while promoting the idea that children have fun on the soccer field and all the other activities they are passionate about.
âWhat I want kids to take away from today is that hard work takes you wherever you want to go, and whatever you want to do with your life, just focus on that and be ready to. sacrifice everything for that. “