Oxnard, Calif.— The Dallas Cowboys teamed up with the City of Oxnard Sunday to host a one-day youth football skills camp at the team's training camp facility in Oxnard.
Dozens of youngsters pre-selected from local Salvation Army programs and Boys and Girls Clubs were able to receive personal, professional instruction from former NFL players and coaches, including DeChon Burns of the Washington Redskins, Chris Hayes of the Green Bay Packers and Brian Russell of the Houston Texans. Children of local military families and Oxnard public safety officials were also invited to join the fun.
"This is about giving kids a chance to learn their potential," Burns told the Ventura County Star newspaper Sunday. "Sports really gives kids the chance to learn the essence of who they are and teaches them to go the extra mile. They learn the fundamentals, yes, but they learn teamwork, camaraderie, commitment and dedication, and those are all useful skills."
Aron Chatman, manager of new business development for the Cowboys, said the organization enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the Oxnard community, where the team will have spent almost three weeks come the conclusion of training camp Friday.