Former Bengals players teach local kids football fundamentals

Published: Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 2:30 PM

NFL Way to Play camp

More than 100 kids came out to play football at Kettering Field park on Saturday.

Former Bengals players Robert Jackson and Keith Rucker led the young players in a Way to Play Camp.

The football camp was hosted on the future site of a new artificial turf field, to be paid for by the NFL. The camp was held in Dayton in honor of the NFL turning a century old. The Dayton Triangles were one of the original 13 NFL teams and played in the first NFL game against the Columbus Panhandles.

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Chris Pryor, who had two boys playing, said he was glad the camp came to Dayton.

He’d taken his children, Chris, 12, and Chaz, 6, to other camps in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, but was glad to not travel quite as far on Saturday.

“As they get older, these are the kinds of things and lessons that they will always take with them, regardless of whether or not they’re successful in football,” Pryor said.

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After the camp ended around 1 p.m., the young players rode buses from Kettering Field to Welcome Stadium, where they got to watch the Bengals practice.