Burris weekend to include camp

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Henry Burris remembers what it's like to be an aspiring football player at a pro's spring camp.

The Calgary Stampeders starting quarterback got the pat on the back and the recognition and confidence boost that comes with it.

He's hoping to pass that on during the Henry Burris All-Star Weekend when, for the first time, the event has a football camp as part of the festivities.

"I went to Emmitt Smith's football camp in 1992, and I will never forget that moment when Emmitt told me I would be special one day," Burris said yesterday in announcing the lineup of guest stars.

"Stuff like that sticks with you. Hopefully, we can impact kids in that way, as well."

The event kicks off next Friday with a golf tournament and dinner followed the next morning by an all-day football camp.

Outside of members of the 2008 Grey Cup-champion Stampeders, the all-star list includes former CFL QBs Damon Allen and Marcus Crandell, former Stamps linebacker Alondra Johnson, former Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Don Narcisse and current Edmonton Eskimos players Jesse Lumsden and Kamau Peterson.

The camp will give aspiring players a chance to mix and mingle with professionals, which was important to Burris in opting to change the format of the weekend.

There are four age-levels getting instruction. The oldest two groups will get position-specific coaching, while the younger kids will learn the basics.

"There is a lot of kids who want to meet the guys who were on the Grey Cup championship team, but we want to let them learn from these guys," Burris said.

"To learn the basics and fundamentals, not only from this game but skills they can carry over into life, it also builds confidence. Stuff like this can help dreams come true."

There are still spots open in the camp.

For more information, call 777-3535 or email bbbs@bbbscalgary.com.


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