Athletes Learn More Than Football Skills At Jason Baker Camp

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

May 3, 2014 Updated May 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Athletes in the Jason Baker Pro Football Mini Camp were busy off the field Saturday morning.

In exchange for free camp admission, each youth must participate in a servant leadership project before starting camp.

This year, camp participants took part in an immersive experience at the Public Safety Academy located at Ivy Tech’s South Campus.

The experience included demonstrations and real life exercises with members of the Fort Wayne Fire and Police Departments.

Kids had the opportunity to learn community-based CPR and engage with local public service officers and representatives to better promote community collaboration.

“Not many other camps integrate this kind of service and that's what Jason really sells is that there's an opportunity here to sell this back as service to the community, not just focus on a sport, because many of these children's lives may not grant them the opportunity to play professional sports, maybe not even collegiate sports, but they learn some life skills here that they can carry back to their families now and potentially shape their future for a career in public safety,” said Fire Chief Amy Biggs.

After the project was over, campers headed to the grid iron for the football portion of camp.

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