NFL star tackle Ryan Ramczyk has been many things: a Panther, a Pointer, a badger, a Saint and now, he’s a coach.
Ramczyk returned to his hometown of Stevens Point to host the inaugural, Ryan Ramzcyk lineman camp. Over 100 athletes, ranging in age from third grade to twelfth, joined Ramczyk on the field to learn the fundamentals of playing on the line.
“I’ve never been in this kind of a coaching setting before,” Ramczyk said. “But it’s fun and i’m enjoying it. It’s fun to see and work with these kids and share my knowledge with them.”
Having access to Ramczyk’s knowledge may provide campers with a once in a lifetime opportunity, something that Ramczyk’s former high school coach at SPASH Pete McAdams thinks is invaluable.
“To have a guy who’s, i don’t wanna say the peak of his career, but he’s definitely on the top of his career right now in the NFL. (To) be able to find time and be able to come back and work with these kids, these kids are extremely fortunate to have that opportunity,” said McAdams.
The camp was divided into two, three hour sections. The third through eighth grade part of the camp was held going in the early afternoon, while the high school athletes hit the field in the evening.
It was an experience that the campers will remember for awhile.
“It was pretty awesome i liked it a lot,” said seventh grade camp participant Charlie Belson. “It was good to see someone who succeed from our town. It was great. I liked the experience, I just felt good the whole day.”
“It felt nice when he complimented people on their stance,” fellow seventh grade participant Parker Soulsby said. “It was nice having him there to help me because I had a lot of issues, and I feel like i’m a better player leaving this camp.”
But it wasn’t just the athlete’s that will remember the event.
“You know it was fun seeing them smiling and playing around, and having fun with it, it’s cool,” said Ramczyk. “To be able to coach them here and there and to see them smile when you help them out, that’s special.”