BOZEMAN — The Atlanta Falcons were back in Bozeman once again to host their annual youth football camp at Bobcat Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The camp focuses on skills training, but it also puts an emphasis on building character through athletics. This is the third year that the Falcons have held their summer camp in Bozeman, and for former pros like Bobby Butler, he knows just how important these days can be in a young athlete’s life.
“I never had anything like this when I was a kid, but I remember when the first pro football player came out of my hometown and what that meant for me and how it raised me up and how it inspired me,” said Butler, a defensive back for the Falcons from 1981-92. “So we know that our platform and what we did years ago, kids still look up to that, parents still look up to that, so we just want to use that to help inspire kids.”
Montana doesn’t have a professional football team in the state, but that doesn’t stop the love of the game in the Treasure State. And that keeps Butler and the Falcons coming back each year.
“The fact that these kids are really responding well to the game of football, they love it out here. And they come every year and we got these big, old crowds here and they are really having a good time, and we enjoy it, as well,” smiled Butler.
The Falcons will hold another camp Wednesday night at Bobcat Stadium before hitting the road to Missoula for two camps on Thursday and Friday.