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Junior Bulldogs offer clinic
Approximately 150 youth football players, cheerleaders sign up for three-day camp
Seven-year-old Nicholas Dominguez carries the ball as he weaves in and out of slalom poles at the Second Annual Ceres Jr. Bulldogs Football Skills and Cheer Camp at Smyrna Park this past week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Five-year-old Nicolas Garcia smiled as he clutched a football while zigzagging between slalom poles.

Tarell Johnson, 8, cleared four mini-speed hurdles in succession.

Garcia and Johnson were among the 150 participants at the Second Annual Ceres Jr. Bulldogs Football Skills and Cheer Camp, staged July 22-24, at Smyrna Park.

"The turnout was great," said Joseph Estrada, athletic director and head varsity football coach. "We're very pleased. We're developing a good program for the kids."

Ninety-plus football players warmed up together before cycling through six different stations.

Approximately 50 cheerleaders worked just as hard in their practice area.

Each camp session lasted two hours, 6-8 p.m.
"Our numbers were good," Estrada said. "We did a little bit better than last year. We had fun. We taught them the basics. We kept the kids active. Safety was the No. 1 concern."

Bulldog leaders passed out Hawaiian shaved ice, courtesy of Heaven Snow, following Thursday's training session.

Each participant also received a certificate of participation.

"We want to keep the kids in Ceres," Estrada said. "We're here to develop them. We got a lot of talent. Our goal is to work with the high schools."