Several of the best football players ever to play in Harlan County helped teach the game to a new generation on Saturday in the annual Passing for a Purpose camp led by Harlan County High School football coach Eddie Creech.
“Today was just one big blessing,” Creech said. “We had kids running all over the field right here in Harlan County on a Saturday when school is out. That speaks volumes to the good youngens we have in this county. This year was the biggest turnout we have ever had both in participants and in coaches. We had over 100 campers and over 30 coaches/volunteers.”
Former Cawood all-state running back David Hensley, who went on to start in the backfield at Eastern Kentucky University in the mid 80s before beginning a coaching career that featured several top programs, including Dunbar, was an instructor at the camp for the first time and talked with the campers to conclude the program.
A regular at the camp over the years has been former Cumberland all-state quarterback Freddie Maggard, who went on to play quarterback at the University of Kentucky before beginning a career with the U.S. Army. He now covers UK sports for KSR, serving as one of the pregame announcers for Kentucky football games.
Charles Tinsley, a former Cumberland all-stater who played at Eastern Kentucky University after two years with the Philadelphia Phillies organization, was also an instructor. Tinsley now works with the Kentucky State Police.
Former Cawood all-state quarterback Tim Saylor, who played at Carson Newman and was one of the state’s most successful coaches in the 1980s and 1990s, also helped at the camp, which began when Saylor was superintendent for the Harlan County School District.
Creech and the HCHS coaching staff also assisted with the camp, along with several former Harlan County players. Middle school coaches from Evarts, New Harlan and Cumberland also helped with the camp, according to Creech, who added that all money raised will be donated to the Harlan County Boys & Girls Club.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134