NFL 9-year veteran Jim Leonhard, the Tony, Wisconsin native, former Wisconsin Badgers stand-out, and current New Orleans Saints safety is back at Flambeau High School this weekend for his football skills camp. Nearly 100 high school kids from around the state taking part in the two-day camp. On Sunday, 5th through 8th graders will take the field for a one-day camp.
Leonhard's participation with his campers is something that really separates Jim's skills camp. He mixes it up with the kids and they love every second of it, "It's very important to me if I'm going to put on a camp to be very active with the kids, get out there and do the drills myself and really help out. I've never liked camps where coaches weren't really participating, just kind of showed up and put in their time so I get excited, try to get out there and do the drills with them, they love to compete with you, it's very important to me every year during my camp."
The campers including Ashland's Ryan Hibbard say it's a thrill to get to learn from an NFL player, "It's just a gift I mean, it's not every day that you get to practice with pros. And it's under a hundred bucks for two days so it's not much more than you can ask."
Whitehall's Austin Powell agrees, "We have like a thousand people in our town and you just look at this field, and it's nothing special and you look at him and he's playing pro ball, it's awesome."