Designed as a way to raise money for a charity and teach football to Harlan County’s youth, the Passing for a Purpose Camp has also become a Who’s Who of Harlan County football greats of the past.
David Hensley will join the list of former county stars this year when the fifth annual quarterback/receiver camp is held on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium on the campus of Harlan County High School.
Hensley was a standout running back at Cawood High School and a four-year starter from 1979 to 1982. He earned all-state honors in 1982, leading the Trojans to a District 8 title in 3A and an undefeated regular season. Cawood lost to Highlands in the regional finals and Hensley went on to earn all-state honors.
He went on to play football for Eastern Kentucky University, playing both tailback and fullback for the Colonels under legendary coach Roy Kidd before beginning his own coaching career.
Former Cumberland stars Freddie Maggard, George Massey, Charles Tinsley and John Jacob Dixon are also among the participants. Maggard and Massey went on to play at the University of Kentucky. Tinsley played at Eastern Kentucky University. Coaches working the camp will also include current Harlan County staff members and other surrounding area high school and middle school coaches.
The camp focuses on passing and receiving and includes group breakdowns, route running, basic route combos, quarterback footwork/drops, one on ones and obstacle courses. The cost is $10 and is open to all boys in grades K-12. Each camper will receive a camp shirt, a meal and feature basic quarterback/receiver techniques.
The camp donates all proceeds to a charity of choice, which will be the Harlan County Boys’ and Girls’ Club this year.
“The camp is not limited to only quarterback and receivers. We also have a linemen group work together throughout the day. All positions are welcome,” Creech said. “It is a great day of faith and football.”
Creech said he would like an estimate of campers before the camp starts for food and shirt ordering purposes.
“The money can be given the same day as the campers arrive, but anyone interested in coming, please e-mail me and send me the child’s name, age and shirt size,” he said. “Any coaches interested in participating, attending or simply donating, we would love to have you as well.”
For more information, e-mail Creech at [email protected]
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134