NFL comes to Ray High School

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Participants at the Ray High School NFL Football Camp.

On Saturday, June 14, kids ranging in ages from six to 18 were treated to the first annual Reagan Maui’a football camp, hosted by Ray High School. Former Arizona Cardinal Maui’a, along with his team of coaches, put more than 70 campers from area schools through exercises, drills, and scrimmages.

Reagan Maui’a was born in American Samoa and moved to California when he was in junior high. He attended junior college before transferring to the University of Hawaii where he played football. He was drafted in 2007 by the Miami Dolphins. He went to play for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008. He then moved to Arizona and played with the Cardinals from 2010-2012.

Camp started with a speech from the coaches and an opening prayer. Then the campers moved into warm ups. After the campers were stretched and ready to go they divided into groups where they were taught proper throwing and catching techniques. They were also taught blocking and footwork. The campers all participated in scrimmage games throughout the day. Scrimmages included a tough game in the 6-8 division between Team Mac ‘N Cheese and Team Waffles. It also included a tough match between upcoming freshman quarterback Cole Yocum and veteran senior quarterback Destry Yocum.

Closing remarks were a very inspirational talk from Reagan stressing the importance of prayer, belief in one’s self, and the importance of obeying your parents. He also discussed how important school is with all of the football players. Camp concluded the same way that it opened, with a prayer.

Throughout the day there was nothing but smiling faces from the campers and coaches despite the 108 degree temperature. The kids were treated to a snack at break time that was provided by Copper Basin Railroad. Lunch was generously provided by Asarco Hayden Smelter Complex. Smithco provided the Gatorades for all of the campers. Copper Net Systems and Sparklettes donated water and Nics Pics and Ace Pipe Cleaning also helped sponsor the camp.

Thank you to the following coaches who donated their time to the camp: Reagan Maui’a, Billy Avelar, Brad Walker, Chuy Garcia, Willie Jordan, Jay Wernett, Fred Cruz, Michael Hing, Jimmy Fessenden, Jordan Cruz, and Dominic Bravo. Also, a big thank you to the Avelar Family, who were instrumental in bringing the camp to the Copper Basin.

Staff (4339 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Miners’ Rodriguez wins wrestling championship

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      San Manuel freshman Gilbert Rodriguez (106) capped off a busy week by winning his weight class at last weekend’s […]


    San Manuel girls basketball looking for first win

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      After starting the 2017-18 season with three-straight losses, the Lady Miners’ basketball team will try to earn it’s first […]


    Miners boys basketball off to fast start

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The San Manuel boys’ basketball has won four of its first five games of the 2017-18 season, including three […]


    Lady Cats win tourney; Yocum named MVP

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The Ray girls’ basketball team claimed the championship of the 2017 Women’s Holiday Hoops Invitational Tournament, which was hosted […]


  • Additional Stories

    Superior boys basketball without a win

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The Superior boys’ basketball team is surprisingly still searching for its first win of the 2017-18 season after dropping […]


    Lady Panthers drop a pair of games to start season

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The Superior girls’ basketball team lost its first two games of the 2017-18 season against Duncan and Ft. Thomas. […]


    Ray Boys hoopsters start season with a pair of victories

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The Ray boys’ basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with lopsided victories against Phoenix Day School for the Deaf […]


    Kearny Police Report – Dec. 6, 2017

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      According to state law, there are two methods by which police may arrest suspected offenders. The suspect may be […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger