Being a buddy: Busters enjoy big day with youth

8/19/2013

Being a buddy

Being a buddy

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Sophomore speedster Tyreek Hill wasn't quite quick enough to cover the dozens of community kids who came out to the 2013 Buster Buddy Day at Garden City Community College on Sunday.

Hill, and the rest of the Busters' football team, hosted 70 kids from ages 5 to 12 at the Beth Tedrow Student Center, running the kids through a series of position-specific drills, such as running routes, form tackling and exploding out of a three-point stance as defensive linemen.

Sophomore defensive back Kaylen Weber was on the receiving end of many hard-hitting tackles.

"Some of the kids, they hold their own," Weber said. "They could be college athletes in the future."

Weber joked that he was going to tell head coach Matt Miller that he should put some scholarships for 2020 aside now.

One of the hardest hits was from Jamila Love, a 12-year old who brought Weber to the ground. Afterwards, she wanted even more, saying she was hoping to go to more drills where she could tackle a player.

Eight-year-old Braydon Deloach was just happy to be out there.

"(My favorite part) was playing football with the football players," he said.

After 45 minutes of drills, Buster players picked themselves up off the ground and signed T-shirts that participants received as part of the event.

"It's something that's been a tradition around here for a long time," said Miller. "It's something that builds chemistry between the program and the community. Any time we can get out and help out and make (the kids) feel special, as a program, we're going to do that."

Hill, despite being fooled several times by a ball carrier, agreed with Miller.

"I'm just really happy to see these kids out here smiling," the dynamic offensive star running back and receiver said. "I really enjoyed it, seeing the young faces out here. I come from a very tough background, so for me, it's like I'm being a role model for these kids and these players out here."

After missing several tackles, Hill quipped, "I might use some of these moves I'm seeing out here."

The kids also received a hot dog meal and the Buddy Day T-shirts that allow admission to every Broncbuster home football game this season.

The Busters open the season and their conference schedule at 7 p.m. Saturday against Independence in a home game at Buffalo Stadium.

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