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Cougars hold youth camp


August 1, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

photo BY Andrew Hines Lakewood football player Mason Toponce cuts through the young campers during defensive pursuit drills at Lakewood High School on July 26.

The Lakewood Cougars football program put on their 12th annual youth camp alongside the Lakewood Youth Football Athletic Association from Monday, July 23, to Thursday, July 26.

The camp was held every evening from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and was completely free for all young athletes. The only things that each camper needed to bring were cleats, shorts and a shirt, while everything else is provided by the camp.

Put on by the Lakewood program, this football camp presented an opportunity for young players to learn about the game for free. Each athlete learned about football and developed new skills under the coaching from Cougar players as well as the Lakewood coaching staff.

"We've done it for years as a way to give back to the community and inspire some excitement for the game and the program. A big part of it is that the camp is free and that we want to see the sport grow without making parents feel burdened," said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter.

Andrew Hines

Justin Nyamache throws the ball downfield during one-on-one drills at Lakewood High School on July 26.

For a lot of the campers it is a good way to kick off the youth football season as practices begin soon. For the others, it is a way to experience a new sport and see if it is something that they want to pursue moving forward.

"It's a great opportunity for kids to come out and get their feet wet in a fun and safe environment. I love to see the smiles from the kids, as well as the high school players that we have out here coaching. It helps us see where we're at mentally in our own program while we teach the kids how to perform each aspect of the game," said Coach Teeter.

If you want more information about Lakewood Youth Football and Cheerleading programs, you can find it at You can also contact the LYFAA at 425.418.1012 or any of their social media profiles including Facebook and Twitter.


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