Bulldogs help at Lindsay Seminar

By Andrea Camarena

Manny Sanchez grew up in Lindsay. He played football as a child and moved on to become the Cardinals star player in high school. Dominating the field in high school wasn't enough for him and he went on to make the Fresno State team and is now entering his third season of Bulldog football.

Now, Sanchez knows the importance of developing the right skills as a child athlete.

Sanchez has never seen a football skills camp take place in Lindsay. He felt it was about time.

On Saturday, July 9, Sanchez gathered 13 of his Fresno State teammates and traveled back down to Lindsay to hold Lindsay's first annual Central Valley all-age football skills seminar.

Forty-three kids between the ages of 9-18 from Lindsay, Kingsburg, Lemoore, Tulare, Porterville Strathmore and Exeter showed up on Saturday morning ready to learn from a group of local stars.

The camp was available for $40 and included a day of group training sessions, scrimmaging, inspirational speakers and plenty of tips on footwork, eye progression, leadership skills and advice for college bound students.

"I just wanted to do it for the kids," Sanchez said. "There's nothing in this area like this. It's something affordable and it gives kids the opportunity to hear about succesful athletes. This is just for the kids."

Sanchez found local sponsors and local volunteers to help with the event and keep the registration fee low.The $40 also included lunch, a camp T-shirt and insurance.

"We had a lot of help from the community," Sanchez said. "There are a lot of people helping out."

Fifteen parent volunteers came out to help run drills, barbeque lunch and register the particpants.

Both participants and college athletes kept busy throughout the day and Sanchez already has plans of bringing them back next year for a second camp.

"I'm a little dissapointed with the Lindsay High School football players. Only one showed up," Sanchez said. The alumnus had hopes of working with the high school players and giving back to the team that made him a standout athlete.

Sanchez will return to play for the Bulldogs this fall for his third season as a linebacker. Sanchez graduated from Lindsay High School in 20002 and went directly on to Fresno State.

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