Vikings Youth Football Camp, growing the sport in the Northland

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Summer for kids is all about no school, vacations, and also fun camps. As youth from all across the Northland came out to Two Harbors earlier this week for the 2022 Minnesota Vikings Youth Football Camp, to gain instruction from some of the best.

David Dixon, who served as a Vikings guard from 1994 to 2004, was in attendance at the camp. Working as an instructor on the field at various different stations.

“All different kinds of positions on the field and you’ll have every position being taught out here. It’s just great to see the enthusiasm people have, the passion that they have coming to enjoy this great game and I’m just happy that I get to teach them a couple things along the way,” said David Dixon.

Around 200 boys and girls from ages 6 to14 attended the two hour camp. Coming not only from Two Harbors, but all around Minnesota.

“Once you put that title of Minnesota Vikings on there, then it’s not a Two Harbors camp, or just a Duluth camp. I think that opens it up to such a broader population as far as people being able to come and experience this,” said Two Harbors head football coach Tom Nelson.

Even coach Nelsons very own son was one of the kids in attendance. Trying to enjoy the moment and improve on his game.

“Cool learning experience. I can’t wait to learn what they can critique me about and it’s cool that we have a Viking legend here as well,” added Carter Nelson.

Having camps like these in the Northland not only helps the players skills grow, but also grow the sport for generations to come.

“That is what we want, we want kids involved. Let’s face it some kids are ready to start tackling at 9 years old, others stay away from football for that reason. So what we want is to have them involved in football and then eventually say hey I’m ready for that next step,” concluded Coach Nelson