North Union youth football participants held up the “U” while they posed for a photo at the end of the three-day camp. The camp drew more than 80 participants. (Photo submitted)
North Union High School football team is coming off a solid year advancing to the Division V, Region 18 semifinals, but there is no rest for those that want to win. With another season fast approaching the Wildcats are looking to the future of the program and it is looking bright for the Cats.
North Union recently held their annual youth camp where more than 80 participants between second to sixth grade showed up to learn the basics of football from their future coaches.
Nick Hajjar, North Union High School football coach, believes the camp participants are the future of the program.
“The youth are the bloodline of our program,” Hajjar said. “We want to instill in them a love for the game and a love for North Union.”
The number of participants in this years program is the highest Hajjar has ever seen since taking over the program eight year’s ago. He attributes the solid jump in numbers to a solid season and a return from COVID.
“This was a good step back from COVID,” Hajjar said. “The kids did a great job and the high school kids did a great job of coaching.”
Hajjar said the youth campers learn from his coaching staff and players and it get the campers excited about their futures at North Union.
“They really can get a feel for what we will expect from them,” he said.
Hajjar said the camp numbers are also a reflection of the team’s numbers as well. Every youth team this season has higher participation numbers and Hajjar believes this will be the key to success with the future of North Union High School football.