Jared Veldheer, Arizona Cardinals Team Captain, Returns Home to West Michigan to Develop Local Youth Football Players
NFL player and Forest Hills Northern alumnus Jared Veldheer will share his knowledge with aspiring athletes during a football camp for middle schoolers on Tuesday, June 28.
The clinic will be held at Forest Hills Northern High School from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and is open to students in grades five through eight as of fall 2016. Players will practice drills and get inside tips and tricks from Veldheer, who is the left “blind side” tackle and team captain for the Arizona Cardinals.
The school or organization with the most players registered will receive a free AED. A meet-and-greet ice cream social, sponsored by Bumblebee Ice Cream, will be held after the camp.
Veldheer is a 2005 graduate of Forest Hills Northern and a two-time All-American football player at Hillsdale College. He spent four years with the Oakland Raiders as left tackle before signing a five-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Veldheer will be joined by a team of high school coaches led by Grand Rapids Christian Coach Don Fellows.
All proceeds from the clinic will benefit the Metro Health Hospital Foundation “Keeping the Beat” program, which provides free heart screenings for local high school students.
While their children are running drills, parents will have the chance to attend an informational session led by a sports medicine physician at Metro Health. He will discuss the importance of cardiac screenings for young athletes, injury prevention and concussion awareness during a session that will feature a question-and-answer period. Veldheer will also share his road to the NFL.
Sponsors for this year’s event include The Independent Business Owners Association International, The Veldheer, Long, Mackay and Bernecker Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, The HUGE Show, Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille and Metro Health Sports Medicine.
Cost to attend the camp is $20 per student. Students who register by June 21 will receive a free T-shirt and a copy of Veldheer’s book “Stay in the Game – Jared Veldheer’s Journey to the NFL.” To register online, visit www.metrohealth.net/JaredVeldheerFootballCamp.