While the Madera football team is hosting a youth camp for players wanting to learn the fundamentals of the game, Coyote first-year head coach Bonner Cunnings hopes those K-8th grade participants take away something more valuable.
The enthusiastic Cunnings — a father of four — wants those players to remember that it’s not about how many touchdowns they score or tackles they make, it’s all about developing confidence and leadership skills.
“I think this camp is critical to have because you have leaders in this community and these kids see our coaches and senior players as leaders,” Cunnings said. “In American culture, everybody tends to look up to the sporting figure and I really stress to our seniors about how they should conduct themselves around the community because the things they do, not only reflect themselves, but everyone else from the coaching staff to their families.”
Those Coyote senior players and coaches helped instruct more than 150 participants in various drills in the three-day two-hour camp that started on Tuesday...