Editorial: Cheers for summer youth programs

Four cheers for special summer programs to help local youngsters learn the basics of football.

One cheer goes to Anthony Herrera, a Barron Collier High School graduate who has gone on to star in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings. He partnered with Golden Gate High School sports coaches to put on a clinic stressing the importance of hard work, dedication and discipline in all phases of life — on the field and off.

Another cheer goes to the NFL youth camp going on this week at the Immokalee Sports Complex. Aimed at high schoolers in poor communities yet open to all, the 6-9 p.m. sessions for building strong minds and bodies are helped along by past and present Immokalee High School coaches.

The third cheer goes to the Miami Dolphins for completing a weeklong camp for players age 6 through 14 in Estero.

A fourth cheer goes to Edgerrin James and younger cousin Javariss James — who both went from Immokalee to the NFL — for planning their third annual camp in their hometown next week for first graders through high school seniors.

It’s a great combination: kids and sports.

It’s made even better when caring adults who know what they are doing are part of the mix.

We wonder if any other community of our size in Florida can boast of so many such programs back to back to back to back?

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