LACOOCHEE — Former Pasco High linebacker Darren Hambrick has been helping out youth football players in and around Dade City for more than 15 years.
The former NFL player will hold a one-day performance skills camp for 10- to 18-year-old athletes Saturday at Stanley Park. The athletes will receive instruction based on the positions they play.
"The opportunity we are giving the kids and the guys helping out, they can help the youth in the area," said Hambrick, who was drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1998. "It's started to buzz in a lot around the area. Parents are saying they're bringing carloads of kids and getting them some exposure."
Helping Hambrick is elite speed trainer Rob Oppedisano, who is also the Trinity College men's basketball coach. Oppedisano specializes in speed and agility training, and has instructed former NFL players like Travis Henry (Buffalo Bills/Denver Broncos) and Claude Davis (New York Jets/USF).
Hambrick said his main goal is helping local athletes move on to college.
"A lot of kids of the east side of Pasco County have been missed on getting exposure and being able to play college ball," he said. "There's so many levels of college ball now and there's a bunch of universities around the country right now that would take some of the talent in the area."
Other former NFL and college players at the camp: Troy Hambrick (Arizona Cardinals), Jamie Byrd (USF/Pasco), Greg Jenkins (Oakland Raiders/Wesley Chapel High), Mark Word (Cleveland), Robert Calloway (Dallas Cowboys), Corey Bridges (Cleveland Browns) and Anthony Wright (Baltimore Ravens).