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 (3076 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

    Superior Junior High sports honorees named

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      Superior Junior High held its Annual Sports Award Banquet on Apr. 27 at the school. The following is a […]


    Superior High School honors student-athletes at sports awards banquet

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      Superior High School Principal and Athletic Director William Duarte emceed the school’s Annual Sports Awards Banquet, which took place […]


    Superior’s Olmos to compete in AZBCA All-Star Game

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      Superior senior Elias Olmos will represent the South Team in Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Division IV/V All-Star Game, which […]


    Three Bearcats and a Panther named to AZBCA All-State Teams

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      Three Ray High School baseball players and another from Superior High School were named to Arizona Baseball Coaches Association […]


  • Additional Stories

    Bearcats compete at State Track Championships

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      Several members of the Ray Track & Field Team qualified to compete at the 2016 Division IV AIA State […]


    Mayor’s Corner: Celebrating Memorial Day

    May 25th, 2016
    by

    By Mayor Sam Hosler, Town of Kearny About twenty years ago, a group of children touring the U.S. Capitol were […]


    Kearny Police Report – May 25, 2016

    May 25th, 2016
    by

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


    Lifeguard training at Mammoth Pool

    May 19th, 2016
    by

      A lifeguard training class was held at the Mammoth Pool April 28 through May 12, 2016.  Fourteen people, from […]


  • Copperarea

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

  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather