Although the cloudy weather threatened to rain, it stayed dry long enough for T.Y. Hilton to successfully host the Sunny T.Y. Hilton Football Procamp. Thirty of the region's football coaches and 350 kids came out to Lawrence North High School for the event, which occurred this morning.
Participants spent the morning learning new skills, running drills, and practicing to improve their football abilities. Both boys and girls attended, as well as played games together. All participants received an autographed Colts' team photo. Four children who had parents in military service also received signed jerseys from Hilton, as thanks for the service of their parents. Another three were named "Campions (a portmanteau created by Wes Welker of camp and champion) of the day," for showing great sportsmanship and willingness to receive instruction during the camp.
At the event, Hilton was seen smiling as he interacted with the children, answering questions as well as hands-on activities teaching them football fundamentals. While football may have been the theme of the event, he also stressed the importance of putting in hard work in the classroom as well as on the field. When asked by reporters, HIlton stated that he was in the same place as many of these children, and it was his focus on and off the field that took him where he is today.
But it wasn't just the media asking questions today. Camp participants also took part in a question and answer session with Hilton during a hydration break. After being asked how he got drafted by the Colts, he told the camp he "did all the right things in college," and again stressed the importance of education. Another participant asked if he ever got nervous playing again, to which he replied, "without a doubt," before sharing the story of his first football game.
After the question and answer session, camp resumed, with Hilton smiling as he watched participants run drills the same way he did years ago.
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