One key element of being a Buckeye football player is understanding that giving back to the community is not just appreciated, but expected.
This coming weekend – May 15th, 16th, and 17th – Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Ezekiel Elliott will be two of a host of college and NFL players providing instruction to kids in kindergarten through eighth grade at the Hilton Head Island High School All-America Football Camp in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
The camp is run by Ohio native B.J. Payne, a former assistant coach at Canton Glen Oak High School and head coach at Lexington High School. Payne played his high school football at Massillon and collegiately at Mount Union, so he's got a pretty good idea of what Ohio football is all about.
Miller and Elliott are just the latest in a long line of Buckeyes to help through the camp's nine-year history. Former Buckeyes like Donald Washington, Brian Hartline, TJ Downing, Jamario O'Neal, Dustin Fox are among nearly 40 who have participated in the past.
Participants will be led in position-specific training drills by a host of all-American caliber football talent, including Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Ezekiel Elliott, as well as South Carolina stars Pharoh Cooper and Mike Davis.
"The guys have so much fun with the camp, they want to come back and work it again," Payne said. "It's kind of like a word of mouth thing with all these guys. It's different here, obviously with the location being in Hilton Head. For them it's a great situation. They get to come down, work the camp, then go to the beach, relax."
If you're one of the many Buckeye alumni in the Hilton Head area and have a youth football player looking for some top-tier instruction, you can find more information about the camp here. Registration is $100.