Current Viking and former Denfeld Hunter spreads light in 3rd annual youth football camp

Published: Jun. 11, 2022 at 9:00 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - Shining light and spreading joy even when it’s not the popular thing to do; is a mantra that Minnesota Vikings Fullback CJ Ham lives by. Saturday afternoon Ham hosted his 3rd annual youth football camp under his former Friday night lights at Denfeld High School.

Over 350 youthful athletes gathered at Public Schools Stadium from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm where they had the opportunity to learn from the former Hunter and current Viking veteran himself.

Ages ranged from 6-to 14 years old. Campers worked on the fundamentals of football and competed in drills and games all while prioritizing the fun that the sport of football provides. Every kid received a t-shirt, had a chance to meet CJ, and get an autograph.

The proceeds of the camp will go towards supporting diversity and inclusion scholarships for students graduating in the Duluth area.

“The one thing that is consistent is just the joy that all of these kids have and what they bring. It’s just a great reminder that there are so many things in life that we shouldn’t be stressing about and these guys get to come out here and play and have fun and play a sport. Being reminded by the joy that these kids have with smiles on their faces and how excited they are to just compete and have fun, it’s just a great reminder for me,” said Ham.

While it’s clear that Ham has a heart beyond the big leagues, the fullback and the Purple Faithful will be back in action before you know it when they take on the Las Vegas Raiders in two short months to kick off the preseason.

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