The founder of the Zach Strief “Dream Big” Foundation Football Camp has proclaimed the most recently completed football camp as having been a big success.
The Fourth Annual event is named in honor of Zach Strief, Milford High School and Northwestern University graduate and a member of the National Football League’s Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
The 27-year old, 6-foot, 7-inch, 320-pounder is an offensive lineman.
A fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the "Dream Big" Foundation Camp is focused on providing a financial commitment to assist children in their physical and mental development.
The mission statement of the foundation is "dedicated to providing opportunities to children in the form of educational growth and life skills lessons coming from positive role models."
The participation in the event has continued to increase numbers-wise and Strief, who was on hand at his alma mater to provide guidance, leadership, and instruction, was very pleased with the entire two-day event.
He said, "It went really well. The Milford High School coaches and players did a really tremendous job. It turned out to be a real success." Campers came not only from Milford, but from many area schools.
Another group not to be overlooked was the members of the Milford Athletic Boosters who provided food and drink throughout the camp for the campers and staff.
"What I want is for the kids to enjoy the game of football and to have a good time at the camp. Football is a game and it is a game for people to enjoy. I want the kids to learn and have fun at the same time," Strief said.
The areas of instruction included learning proper stance, blocking techniques, ball handling skills, throwing mechanics, receiving skills, defeating blocks, proper pursuit, proper tackling, pass coverage, and other facets of football.
"I always enjoy being at the camp. I always enjoy being home," said Strief.
Not too far down the road is another professional football season with the Saints. The Saints training camp begins July 27.
"I'm getting prepared for it by working out and running," he said.
He is very much aware that this season is going to be much different for him from other teams and players now being a member of the defending world champion.
"It's going to be more difficult this year. We are the target for everybody, but I'm sure we're going to be alright. This is a team with character. Good people, hard working, dedicated people on and off the field."