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Players fuel kids energy at PALS camp

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WhenRobertGregorywasakidgrowingupintheChicagoarea,he'dattendcampshostedbytheChicagoBears.
Hewon'tforgethowheandhundredsofotherkidsswarmedtotheplayers,inaweoftheirpresence,andhoweagertheyallweretocatchapass,makeatackleorfinisharacewithoneofthemwatching.
GregorygotadifferentperspectiveonWednesdayasPurdue'sfootballteamhostedaninstructionalcampaspartofthePALSprogram.
Morethan100kids,ages8-14,invadedtheBimelPracticeComplexanddividedintosixstationsheadedbyBoilermakers.Theycaughtpasses,racedthroughanobstaclecoursethatincludedblockingpadsandhurdles,tackleddummiesandwereputthroughagilitydrills,amongotherthings,duringthemorningsession.
"Ilikedit.ItwasprettycoolbecauseIgottoseerealfootballplayers,"said9-year-oldHaylieTaits,whohadGregory'sautographonherforearm.
Gregory,andtherestofthedozen-or-soPurdueplayerswhowereabletoattendthemorningsession,signedasmanyautographsastheycould,includingonthebackofT-shirts,slipsofpaperand,yes,bodyparts.
JonathanCurrysaidhedidn'twanttosignanarm,sayingitwasn't"safe,"butdidanyway.Sodidhisteammates.Andtheywerehappytodoit.
ItremindedGregoryofhowhewasasakidwiththeBears'players.
"Kidslookuptous,sothat'sagreatfeeling,"Gregorysaid."Ifeltlikeacelebritytothesekids."
ThePurdueAthletesLifeSuccessprogramisinits12thyearservinglow-incomechildreninTippecanoeCounty,anditsdaywithBoilermakerplayersisusuallyoneofthemostanticipatedofthenearlymonth-longprogram.
Andnotjustforthekids.
"It'sfun,"saidtightendJustinSinz."Wheneveryoucanhelpoutkidsinthearea,especiallyIthinktheissuewithsomeofthesekidsismaybetheydon'thaveasmuchfuninotherplaces,sotobringthemouthereandtakethemthroughsomedrillsandinteractwiththemisprettyfun.Toseethemgetexcitedaboutcatchingatouchdownorkickingafieldgoal,that'swhatmakesitworthitforustocomeoutherewiththem.
"Ilikehangingoutwithkidsthisagebecausethey'realwaysexcited.Youcanneverhavetoomuchenergy,especiallywhenyou'reoutonafootballfield.Sothat'skindofniceforthesekids,too,becausemaybesomeofthemhavealotofenergyandtheycanuseitouthereandnotbereprimandedforhavingalotofenergyandrunningaroundandhavingfun.Sothat'sgoodforthemandfunforus."
Sinzwasabletoshowoffsomeofhisquarterbackskills-thoughhe'satightendforPurdue,heplayedQBinhighschool-andsaidhewasimpressedbysomeofthekids'"bigsnares"andTDs.
And,asusuallyhappensattheseevents,aplayerwasabletofosterinterestinthesportforakidwhopreviouslydidn'thaveone.
"Thisonelittlegirl,shewasn'ttooexcitedaboutit,"Sinzsaid,"andaftershehadtwoorthreecatchesinarow,Ithinkshereallylikeditbecausewhenthestationwasover,shedidn'twanttoleave."
AustinApplebysailedpassesdeepintotheendzoneforkidstograb,too,andoftenwhippedhishandsintheairtosignaltouchdownwhenacatchwasmade.
SeanRobinsonoversawtheobstaclecourseandoftenhadahighfivereadyforthekidswhoranbacktotheendofthelineaftercompletingaturn.
GregoryandCurryimpressedkidswiththeirshiftymoves,runningaroundandquicklychangingdirectionstoavoidwould-betacklers.
AtGregory'sagilitystationinwhichkidsranthe5-10-5shuttle,somerecruitedhimtolineupoppositethem.Heobliged,buttheyquicklysuspectedsomething.
"You'renotgoingyourhardest!"onekidpipedup.
Gregoryjustsmiled-andcontinuedtoletthekidswin.Buthewashappytoseetheirspirit.
"Itwasactuallyfunformetowatchbecausethesekidsareactuallycompetingwitheachother,"Gregorysaid."That'ssomethingthatournewstaffteacheshereiscompeteineverythingwedo.Everyrepwecompetewiththepersonnexttous.Soeverystationwassetupsowhereyoucouldcompetewithsomeonenexttoyou."
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