FBU Oregon and Island Boy Camp are organizing a free tackle football tryout and mini-camp for sixth-through-eighth graders, who are Oregon residents, at four locations this summer for a chance to participate in an all-star level showcase.
From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, all attendees will go to Wahtonka High School, located on 3601 West 10th Street in The Dalles, in their school-colored shorts and shirts with football cleats for drills.
“We are looking forward to having many of our local kids take advantage of this opportunity,” TD High School football coach Steve Sugg said. “This is a great thing for them. You only get better if you play against a high level of competition and this will definitely give them a chance to see how good they are.”
Those players selected to represent the sixth-through-eighth grade teams will hit the field for a game in late November in Seattle, Wash. with an opportunity to play versus the best players in the area.
The winning group then advances to the National Championship matchup in Naples, Fla. in December.
The first tryout is on Sunday, Sept. 9 in North Medford, and after the second session in The Dalles, players head to Portland on Sept. 23.
After that, the last tryout is scheduled for Sept. 30 in South Salem.
In previous years, there has been one TD athlete to take part in this event.
The hope is that more football players get to experience playing on a bigger stage, possibly nationally.
“The more your name gets out there for college scouts, the better,” Sugg said. “Every time you put on your uniform and show respect, work ethic and a desire to be coached, you create a larger reach for these colleges to find you.”
For more information on the programs, interested parties can contact IBC vice president Alex Fuimaono at 657-464-0520 or through email at afuimaono@ pclparnership.org.
For additional news on The Dalles tryout, email IBC running backs coach Lamont Crichton-Tunai at email@example.com.
“I’ve always wanted the best for our youth and a chance to get our programs back on a big stage,” said Crichton-Tunai, a 1998 TD graduate. “Schools didn’t want to compete against us back in the mid-to-late 90s and we want to get back to that.”
Working as one on this project will go a long way toward building a fierce football program down the road, so the all-star game is a very good start.
“I think this will be a fun thing for our middle school athletes,” Sugg said. “We had a couple play in the Oregon All-Star game in June and it was an eye-opening experience for them. They learned a lot about themselves. I really think that this program will be along those same lines, so I encourage them to go out and see if they can make the best of this opportunity.”