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Vikings gear up for Youth Football Camp Season


Several Vikings players are leading or supporting football camps this summer.

Linebacker Anthony Barr and defensive end Everson Griffen are scheduled to team together for an overnight camp June 28-July 1 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Click here for more information on the Anthony Barr & Everson Griffen Overnight/Commuter Camp.

Linebacker Chad Greenway will host his annual "Day to REACH" Camp July 9-10 at Hutchinson High School in the town of almost 14,000 that's about an hour west of Winter Park. The REACH acronym stands for Relationships-Education-Accountability-Character-Hard work. Click here for more information about Greenway's camp.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph will be hosting the Northwestern Mutual Kyle Rudolph Football ProCamp July 20-21 at Kuhlman Field, 5701 Normandale Road, Edina. Click here for more information on Rudolph's camp.

Tackle Phil Loadholt held his hometown in Colorado last weekend, and Vikings quarterback Shaun Hill will sponsor a camp in Parsons, Kansas.

Hill attended the camp for several years, but will be at Vikings training camp when this year's event is scheduled Aug. 3-5. In addition to covering camp costs, Hill is going to make sure all youth in his hometown that want to play in a league this fall have the opportunity to do so.

"The high school has always helped, but I'm passing it along to them. We're still taking care of the youth league," Hill said. "We're going to make sure they have all the equipment they need and pay for everybody's fees to play so it will be free for all the kids in my hometown to play in the league, so I'm still giving back but not able to show up this year and give them as much time as I have in the past.

Hill's career, which began as an undrafted free agent after he signed with Minnesota in 2002, has spanned multiple home cities, but he's stayed connected with his hometown.

"It's very important because a lot of these kids coming up are kids of people I grew up with, so that part is fun, getting back and seeing those people," Hill said. "It's good to have a presence in the community and hopefully give the kids a positive role model to look up to."

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