Camps For Grown Ups, Kids Coming Up At MU

In Huntington, April showers means spring practice is about ready to start for the Thundering Herd football program. But while the Herd begins April 1, spring also means it is time for Herd Fans, and their children, to go camping at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The Troy Brown Fantasy Camp begins April 4, the annual Bartrum-Brown Football Kids Camp is May 17 and the MU FB Fantasy Camp is May 30-31.

New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington and former Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Mike Bartrum will share coaching duties with New England Patriots receiver Troy Brown in the 2008 Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp April 4-5 at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Brown, Pennington and Bartrum, all elected to the Marshall Hall of Fame, coached in last year's inaugural fantasy camp, which is a fundraiser for Marshall's Child Development Academy.

The 2008 camp will include time with coaches, team practices, a draft, a flag-football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium and a post-game awards ceremony. The event is of special interest to Brown, a member of three Super Bowl champion New England teams, because of his connection to the area, playing for the Herd in the 1991-92 and leading MU (along with Bartrum) to back-to-back appearances in the I-AA National Championship. The pair helped Marshall win the title in 1992 in the first title game at the then one-year old Marshall University Stadium.

Brown has lived in Huntington since 1991, marking a home here with his wife, Kim, and their two sons, Sir-mon and Sanjay. "My family has a very strong and special connection with Huntington and Marshall University," Brown said. "When Kim and I chose to raise our children in Huntington, they enrolled at the Child Development Academy at Marshall University and the academy became a major positive force in their early development."

The cost of the camp is $1,000 and all participants must be at least 23 years old. All of the money raised goes to the academy. For more information or to register for the Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp, log on to www.troybrownfantasyfootball.com.

For the kids, the annual Bartrum And Brown Football Camp is May 17, 2008 at Marshall's Edwards Stadium. The camp features the two former Thundering Herd greats and many other Herd stars of "The Decade, The Dynasty" when Marshall led all of Division I with the most wins 1990-99 and won two National Championships and two Motor City Bowls, and beyond to the teams that also played in Motor City, GMAC and Ft. Worth bowls of 2000-02 and 2004.

Bartrum, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Patriots and Eagles, and Brown, 15 seasons with the Pats and just off another AFC Championship and appearance in the Super Bowl, always have many of their former and current teammates join the camp from the National Football League. Many MU players in, and formerly in, the NFL, including Pennington, Randy Moss, Byron Leftwich, Chris Crocker, Jason Rader, John Wade, Jason Starkey, Rogers Beckett, Doug Chapman, Billy Lyon and others, like John Grace of the CFL, have appeared at the camp.

Cost is $30 for early registration (postmarked by May 3rd) or $40 day of camp, and is just $20 each additional child. There are two sessions: at 8:30am - Noon for first through fourth grade boys and girls. After a lunch break, the second session (for older boys and girls in the fifth through eighth grade) is from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Applications can be downloaded at bartrumandbrown.com. Make checks payable to and return application and payment to:Bartrum & Brown Football Camp, P.O. Box 9497, Huntington, WV 25704-0497 If you have additional questions about the camp, contact either Mary Gannon 304-697-5640 or Mike Chancey 740-992-2158. That evening for the adults, the annual Celebrity Auction and Dinner for the Bartrum-Brown Charities will be held at the Marshall Memorial Student Center. Dozens of signed items, jerseys and pictures will be auctioned off, plus other items will be in a silent auction during dinner and introductions. On Sunday, the annual golf tournament will take place on May 18, at a course still to be determined. Last year, the Spring Valley Golf Club hosted the all-day event, with food, golf and lots of your favorite Marshall and National Football League stars playing with those foursomes. Go to bartrumandbrown.com for more information on the camp, auction and golf or e-mail Mary Gannon at marygannon@suddenlink.com on the web.

The popular Marshall University Football Fantasy Camp is May 30-31. Applications are available at herdzone.com, the official MU athletics web site. The cost is $400. Friday, May 30, will be the check-in at the MU resident halls and at the Herd football equipment room for fitting. Campers will then meet with head coach Mark Snyder and his staff and be shown presentations on the weight room, special teams and highlites of the 2007 season.

On Saturday, campers get deep into the offense with new offensive coordinator John Shannon and the offensive coaches. Then, new defensive coordinator Rick Minter will take campers through the new MU defensive scheme along with other defensive coaches. Then there will be team and individuals photos, and the always popular 7-on-7 football games between campers, that will run about 30 minutes. The camp wraps with a post-game celebration. Campers will receive a personalized official Marshall Football Nike jersey, along with MU football shorts and t-shirts. Each camper will get his or her own "National Letter of Intent" for signing up with the Thundering Herd, a photo with Coach Snyder and individual coaching from the MU staff.

For more information on the MU Football Fantasy Camp, May 30-31, call Mark Gale, Assistant Athletic Director for Marshall Football Operations at 304-696-2408 (work), 304-654-8831 (cell) or e-mail to gale@marshall.edu to be a member of the Herd Football program May 30-31 at MU FB Fantasy Camp. Applications and money must be in by April 25, one day before the annual Green-White Spring Football Game.


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