By Mike Albanese, TSB Staff
Top NFL running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings will be in McKinney this weekend hosting a speed and agility camp at the Michael Johnson Performance Center.
Tim Forkner, the center’s athletic coordinator, said the camp will take place this Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, and is open for athletes 9 to 18 years old.
He said the goal of the camp is to instruct athletes about linear speed and maintaining top speed, while teaching mulit-directional movements and balance.
While most of the camps drills will focus on football-like movements and skills, he said the athletes can translate much of what will be taught to a variety of sports.
Forkner said the camp will be broken down into the three age groups: 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18.
The center has worked with Peterson, the 2013 NFL MVP, in the past, but this camp is something new to the center, with Forkner saying this is the first time the camp has a “headliner.” Peterson, who was born in Palestine, Texas, played collegiately at Oklahoma.
Forkner said the center hosted a joint camp with FC Dallas this past year along with the annual Michael Johnson Track Camp.
He said all athletes will have access to Peterson, who is expected to be at the camps both days.
“He wants to be focused on what the kids are doing,” Forkner said.
Forkner said the center will cap the camp at 200 athletes and expects to have an idea of enrollment Thursday afternoon.
For more information on the camp, contact the center at 469-424-6572.