One local football standout who's already reached the top level of the game is giving future stars a chance to learn from his experience on the gridiron.
A 2000 Poughkeepsie High School graduate who went on to become a third-round NFL Draft pick in 2006, Charles Spencer, Jr. will hold a pair of clinics at the city's Spratt Park later this month.
On July 16, the Charles Spencer, Jr. Football Clinic will welcome players entering ninth through 12th grade, while the July 23 event is open to players entering second through eighth grade. Both clinics run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Wilbur Blvd. facility.
"It's going to be huge," Spencer, who broke his leg in his second season with the Houston Texans and is working on returning to the NFL. "It will be a great chance for the kids to play before a lot of coaches."
The registration fee for the July 16 High School Clinic is $40 per player or $30 per player for teams of 10 or more. Registration for the Youth Clinic on July 23 is $35 per player or $30 per player for teams of 10 or more.
"The main idea is to get the college football players of tomorrow together with the guys from today," said a football standout from Our Lady of Lourdes High School and Fordham University Jordan Bledsoe, also of NorthStar Sports; the training facility, located on Titusville Rd. in Poughkeepsie, is holding both clinics.
Bledsoe said the Spencer clinics will serve to set up mentors for young players looking to play college ball.
"We're in a unique position here in Dutchess County, where we're frequently overlooked," he said. "I want to get guys together that I played with who had great college careers with guys in high school and youth programs today and have them connect."
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