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Jubilee Reach partnering with local prep football coaches on free youth camp | Community sports news

A pair of Highland Middle School students play in a Club Jubilee flag football game - Courtesy photo, Jubilee Reach
A pair of Highland Middle School students play in a Club Jubilee flag football game
— image credit: Courtesy photo, Jubilee Reach

Bellevue will be home to a free youth football camp for youngsters hoping to learn the game from local high school coaches and players, June 25 and 26 at Sammamish High School in partnership with Jubilee Reach.

The camp, which will feature the head football coaches, assistants and players from Bellevue, Newport, Interlake and Sammamish, as well as a number of prominent guest speakers, is open to any student in the Bellevue School District who is part of Jubilee Reach during the school year.

"I'm very excited," executive director Brent Christie said. "They see people who they aspire to and who inspire them, and it gives them hope and inspiration to be more."

Club Jubilee, the sports programming connected to Jubilee Reach in the Bellevue School District, has grown to serve hundreds of kids throughout the school year in soccer, flag football and other sports. The program offers an alternative approach to sports, emphasizing sportsmanship and teamwork instead of wins and individual statistics.

"We say that every kid just wants to be known, loved, and affirmed," Christie said of the program's ethos. "We don't want to come beat you. We want to come to be a better me."

Campers will receive instruction in the basics of football from high school coaches and players in a non-contact setting, with no equipment necessary. Sponsors will provide cleats to any youngster in need, and each camper will also receive a t-shirt and a meal each of the two nights.

Hugh Gladner, the coaching coordinator for the Bellevue Jr. Wolverines and a longtime coach in the program, is serving as camp director, and said the opportunity to bring in influential people from all corners of the local football scene will provide the campers the chance to meet their role models.

"They know the opportunities are there," Gladner said. "If you do the right thing, people will do the right thing by you."

For more information, email info@jubileereach.org or call 425-746-5056.

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