ACC FUNdamentals Clinics Draw Kids and Smiles

Jan. 5, 2012

Kids learn by doing.

And the more they enjoy it, the more they retain it and the better the chance of them trying again.

More than 1,000 children age 5 to 14 took part in USA Football FUNdamentals clinics in Indianapolis and Charlotte, N.C., as part of the Big Ten and ACC championship weekends.

Youngsters participated in football drills that included throwing, running, catching and tackling as part of a fun, non-contact youth football experience.

“The focus is on fun but at the same time they are learning,” said Frank Priami, USA Football events manager.

USA Football is the official youth development partner of the ACC and is located in Indianapolis, where the Big Ten Championship is held.

“The USA Football FUNdamental clinics enable kids to experience the excitement of ACC football while also learning proper football playing technique and mechanics,” ACC Assistant Director of Technology and Operations Ben Tario said. “USA Football has been the perfect partner to the ACC as the resources that USA Football provides teach youth football the right way in an easily delivered format.”

Led by area high school and youth coaches, FUNdamentals encourages kids to try their best and have fun doing it.

Kim Butrum-Griffin brought a group of children to the Big Ten clinic – including six girls who were sure they weren’t going to like it.

“They were like, ‘I don’t know football’ and all that,” Butrum-Griffin said.

Once the clinic started, kids who had never picked up a football before were smiling and laughing and learning right alongside athletic, experienced youth players.

“They weren’t competing against one another, just learning the fundamentals,” Butrum-Griffin said. “And they had a really good time.”

Indianapolis participants also received a cinch sack, which included a t-shirt, Dr Pepper stickers and tickets to the Fan Fest.

The No. 1 goal is for the kids to have a fun experience, Priami said. Making a great football memory by day’s end leads to more in the months and years ahead.