Posted: Jul 20, 2014 6:38 PM by Alex Brown, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
Updated: Jul 21, 2014 7:47 AM
Boonville - Atiyyah Ellison, former defensive lineman at Mizzou and in the NFL, held his eighth annual sports skills camp Saturday and Sunday at Boonville High School.
Ellison estimated more than 80 boys and girls from ages six to 12 showed up each day for the football camp turned skills camp.
"It started as an actual football camp but then I only get like 30 kids out and I wanted to get more kids involved so we switched it over," Ellison said. "There's no sports specific things, it's just agility and conditioning and different activities to get them moving."
Other former and current football players helped coach the camp including Lorenzo Williams, Brandon Williams, Carlos Hall, Zack Abron and others.
Kids participated in several drills on the football field such as low hurdles, shuttle runs, tug-of-war, vertical leap, box jumps and more.
"A lot of kids play sports or are active in general and you need to learn basic movements to help you," Ellison said.
The boys and girls stayed active for nearly two hours and received several hydration breaks and water showers courtesy of the coaches and their water bottles.
"The kids worked hard," Hall said. "Toward the end they got tired but they pushed through it. They did a great job."
Truman the Tiger made a special appearance at the end of the day to take pictures and sign autographs for the kids.
Ellison wrapped up the camp with a question and answer segment and encouraged the kids to respect others, work hard in school and keep an active lifestyle.
Ellison said he is considering condensing the camp to a single day next year.