Bluffton head football coach Ken Cribb closed the Bobcats' seventh annual youth football camp on Saturday with the campers gathered around him in the center of the field.
"Do something every day," Cribb told the youngsters on a hot, humid day at Bluffton High School. "Push-ups and sit-ups are good. And chin-ups. Just make sure you exercise. Do something"
He also told the kids not to miss practice, to be on time, to compliment their teammates and respect their parents and coaches.
"Just do the right things," he said before gathering the kids in the bleachers for a group photo.
If those words of wisdom were all the kids took home Saturday, it may have been worth their time.
Forty-four kids, from kindergarten to 8th grade, took part in the camp, hosted by Cribb and the Bluffton Bobcats Football Club, and afterward, Cribb ruled it a success.
"I'm real pleased," he said. "Tickled to death."
The kids worked for four hours -- from 8 a.m. to noon -- on fundamentals and techniques at a variety of positions.
"We want them to be exposed to it all," Cribb said. "We want them to find out if there's anything specific they have an interest in."
Part of the kids' exposure involved being coached by their local heroes. A host of current and former Bluffton players gave their time to personally instruct the kids.
Bluffton's star defensive end Shameik Blackshear, quarterback Alex Davis and long snapper Logan Velliquette, as well as former Bobcats playing in college took part. Among the former Bobcats were Yerko Castedo (Limestone), C.J. Frazier (Newberry), Demetrius Smalls (South Carolina), Mike Grant (Johnson C. Smith) and Michael Sulka (Auburn).
"It was a great experience for the kids," Cribb said. "They were big-eyed. They remember them from when they played. They know where they play at."
The campers aren't the only one who takes something away from the experience. The players benefit, as well.
"You don't really know a position unless you can coach it," Cribb said. "And the players understand the contribution the kids that come to the camps make to this program."
But Cribb doesn't allow just any players to be involved. They have to earn it, as well.
"I hand pick the kids that are the most deserving, the ones that have put in the most work," he said.
Cribb says he's comfortable with the setup of his camp and doesn't think it needs to be anything more elaborate.
"I like it where it's at," he said. "There are a lot of other camps around here. But we use it more as a kickoff for the season."
But, obviously, he'd like to see more kids -- and their coaches.
"One way I would like to see it grow is by getting all the other organizations involved -- PALS, the Bulldogs, the Barracudas -- and have their coaches come and treat it like a clinic for them, as well," Cribb said. "It helps them learn, not just football, but Bobcats football."