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Russell Wilson’s first passing academy in Colorado features 485 kids, high energy


PARKER, CO - JUNE 17 : Anderson Smith, 8, front, meets Denver Broncos Quarterback Russell Wilson at Chaparral High School football field in Parker, Colorado on Friday, June 17, 2022. The Russell Wilson Passing Academy is an annual football camp designed for players at all positions. Roughly 10,000 youths have participated in the RWPA, and since 2015, the academy has hosted camps in seven different states in addition to Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

PARKER — Of the 485 kids who attended the Russell Wilson Passing Academy on Friday, one took full advantage of an open-mic Q&A with the new Broncos’ quarterback at the conclusion of the camp.

Will Wilson be with the Broncos for the rest of his career?

“That’s why I came here, and that’s the plan,” Wilson told the crowd. “And to win a couple Super Bowls, too.”

The crowd roared, one of many high-energy moments throughout the four-hour camp at Chaparral. The nearly 500 players aged eight to 15 stretched across two full fields, with about 50 coaches working an array of skill and training stations. There were a few high school varsity coaches, along with many youth coaches and a large continent of Chaparral varsity players helping out.

The camp came together in about five weeks and cost $225 per player, though Wilson reserved a large number of spots for scholarship kids. It marked Wilson’s first passing academy in Colorado. He put on his first camp as a junior in high school, and has held them on an annual basis since in Seattle and at various other locations.

“I’ve done a lot of youth camps in my day and initially when I was told there were going to be about 500 kids, I wasn’t too sure about it,” Chaparral football coach Jeff Ketron said. “But it gathered steam really quickly, and the end turnout doesn’t surprise me all that much.

“This camp shows the excitement of the fanbase — Russ in Denver and there’s a lot of optimism with the Broncos this year, and these kids know it, too.”

Wilson posed for a photo with every camp attendee, and also chimed in on teaching moments and drills while bouncing from group-to-group. The quarterback said afterward that his drive to pass the game along off the field is as great as it is to win on it.

“It’s about the kids, it’s about giving back and it’s about trying to make a difference in the world,” Wilson said. “These are the stars of the future and the guys and girls who are going to make a difference in the world, and hopefully I can give them a glimpse of what that looks like.”

PARKER, CO – JUNE 17 : Anderson Smith, 8, front, meets Denver Broncos Quarterback Russell Wilson at Chaparral High School football field in Parker, Colorado on Friday, June 17, 2022. The Russell Wilson Passing Academy is an annual football camp designed for players at all positions. Roughly 10,000 youths have participated in the RWPA, and since 2015, the academy has hosted camps in seven different states in addition to Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

Will O’Brien, Wilson’s personal trainer for the past couple of years and also his strength coach in high school, said Wilson’s natural leadership is not only applicable to his professional teammates, but to players of all ages. O’Brien saw it back at Collegiate High in Richmond, Va., and again on Friday.

“We used to have early morning workouts, 6 a.m. on …read more

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