The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


May 9, 2014

A Don McCormack column: Meyer’s word proves rock-solid

Paying a visit to the variety store...

Walk the walk

Turns out, what those of us who watched him grow up here in Northeast Ohio remains true.

Urban Meyer is a man of character, trust, faith and, yes, his word.

A year ago this summer, Meyer, the head football coach at Ohio State University, and his longtime friend, Dean Hood, the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University, held the second youth football camp they’ve staged at Spire Institute in Harpersfield Township.

However, at the time, Meyer expressed he would prefer to see the camp, which kicked off in the summer of 2012, be free of charge for youngsters who take part in participate.

Guess what?

According to David Miller, Operations Manager for Media One Group (parent company of ESPN 970 WFUN), the third annual Urban Meyer-Dean Hood Youth Football Camp — put together here by ESPN 970 and Dr. William A. Seeds of Seeds Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and All-Star Physical Therapy, through the direction of Media One’s Dana Schulte, also a childhood friend of Meyer and Hood — will be just that.

Free of charge.

The camp will be held Wednesday, July 2 and is open to students who will be entering grades 1 through 8 in the 2014-15 school year.

The camp will be a three-hour session, running from 9 a.m. to noon.

Miller announced this week that the second round of signups for the camp will be held a week from Saturday — May 17 — at Sports n Sports, located at 6582 North Ridge Road in Madison. The signup session will start at 11 a.m. and go to 1 p.m.

While the camp is indeed free of charge, Miller stressed space will be limited and preregistration is required.

Classic stuff

We’ve been asked by Loyal Readers, players, coaches and parents across our coverage area if we are going to be staging our Star Beacon Senior Classic baseball and softball games this spring.

While we are still in the feeling-out process to make a final decision no the two games, which have been a tradition for us at the Star Beacon for more than two decades, we are indeed leaning toward once again staging the Classics.

Stay tuned to this space in the coming weeks for the final verdict and if it’s a thumbs up, all the pertinent vitals.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at

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