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Tom George wanted to make a difference.

So after teaming up with Mercy Sports Performance and EXOS the Jones High School assistant coach helped build a quarterback impact camp.

The event uses unique techniques like specific stretching and film work providing a different take than most camps.

“It’s a lot more involved,” Sean Shaw, Jones High School Wide Receiver, said.  “I like these EXOS guys.  A lot of other camps there’s just a few coaches out there and one or two position coaches.  It’s not that participating but it’s also fun.  There’s some stuff I’ve never done out here.”

This football camp shares many of the same principles that many do across the country.

Performance, leadership, recruiting and even a little bit of nutrition.

But organizers say the biggest thing they want each of these kids to take away is character building.

Hoping that this event has a long lasting impression on everyone involved with the goal being to impact lives.

“If they leave here and get a little bit better at football, but they realize what’s good and bad and how to act in school and how to act at home I’m good with the camp,” Tom George said.  “That’s what we’re really trying to get out of this.  We’re just using the football avenue and the team aspect to get that to kids, right, and to understand that they can use this path to get academics in college.”

It appears George’s message has been passed on.  

HIs son, a camper and high school standout, knows how important these lessons are.

“He said, that if you don’t come out here and you don’t get better at football, but you learn how to be a better young man then he’s happy,” Brandon George said. “The most important thing to him was making all the kids out here better young men instead of a better football player."