Camp lets kids be kids, but teaches message, too

MARSHALL – Area children got to participate in a day of athletic training, prayer and just plain silliness Friday.

Two hundred twenty-five area third- through eighth-graders took part in the “All In” junior sports clinic at Marshall High School.

The day camp, sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was for athletes who wanted to develop their skills in sports in a Christian setting. Young athletes got to pick a sport to train in for the day – basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, baseball, softball or cross-country coached by Marshall High School coaching staff.

After morning sports clinics, the campers broke into small groups for huddle time where they received biblical instruction from 31 “huddle leaders,” said Robin Knudson, camp director, “who are high school and college athletes.”

After lunch and huddle time, the day included a program with guest speaker John Stiegelmeier, the head football coach at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.

Trey Weber, an eighth-grader at Marshall Middle School, took part in the hockey clinic. He said the whole day was “really fun” and the clinic “really helps. I learned a little more.”

“I learned more about Christ,” said Landon Frost, a MMS seventh-grader.

Included with the hockey tips were stretching exercises in the form of yoga.

The boys learned downward dog, upward dog, the warrior pose and the plank.

“There were a lot of different and challenging stretches,” said Robbie Seanor, a Marshall fifth-grader.

After the afternoon sports clinics and a snack came “Dog Patch Olympics” which are “goofy games,” said Knudson. “Bowling with large pins, huge footballs and a tennis game.”

The kids were divided up into three divisions – third and fourth, fifth and sixth and seventh and eighth, and were led by FCA members from Waseca.