The future of football is happening where the past played in the Quad Cities.
On Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, “Hometown Teams” held a youth football clinic at Douglas Park in Rock Island. Douglas Park is the home of the Rock Island Independents pro football team until 1925 and is the place where the National Football League (NFL) played its first game, according to a press release.
During the clinic, players from the Quad City Wolfpack – a semi-pro football team – ran youth athletes through a number of drills. Players say it’s their way of passing on the love of the game.
“It’s great to see all these little kids out here hustling and working hard,” said Craig Gruenhagen, Coach of the Quad City Wolfpack. “They are the future this sport and the future of Quad Cities. They’re great kids.”
The clinic was free for boys and girls ages 5 to 14. “Hometown Teams” describes it as a “pre-season” event to their exhibit, which opens on September 13th at the Rock Island Main Library.