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Free summer camps focus on character, skill development

Three Wis. locations open to all high school players

The Green Bay Packers and the National Football League are sponsoring three free football camps in Wisconsin, in Chippewa Falls(June 14-16), Green Bay(June*17-19) andMilwaukee *(June 20-22), as part of the NFL's High School Player Development (HSPD) program presented by the National Guard.

Camps are open to all players entering grades 9-12 for the 2011-12 school year, and will focus on character development and specific football skills training by position. Participants will develop awareness of some of the necessary skills needed to become a successful collegiate student-athlete.

The Chippewa Falls camp will be held at Chippewa Falls High School (June 14-16), the Green Bay camp will be held at the Lambeau Field Atrium and the Don Hutson Center (June 17-19) and the Milwaukee camp will be held at Bradley Tech High School (June 20-22).

Additionally, 12 players from each camp will be selected to form a team and compete in the Green Bay Packers Regional 7-on-7 Passing Tournament, June 25, at the Don Hutson Center. The tournament winner will earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the NFL's National 7-on-7 Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, as representatives of the Packers. The national tournament will be comprised of 12 NFC teams and 12 AFC teams.

More information on the camps and sign-up forms are available online at

Each participant receives an HSPD Student Planner, NCAA initial eligibility requirements, SAT/ACT informational materials and time management instruction.

On-field components of the HSPD program include fundamental skill development by position, reviews, and individual competitions. As part of the on-field training, players will focus on both an offensive and a defensive position, and eventually apply their newly-learned fundamentals to live drills. Participants have access to innovative teaching and drills developed by leading NCAA coaches.

More information on the HSPD program can be found online at

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