(CORRECTION: The original story, which ran in Thursday’s Tribune, contained incorrect dates for the Blewett Kicking Camp.)
Great Falls trial attorney Anders Blewett from the personal injury law firm of Hoyt and Blewett PLLC, who played football at Harvard University and kicked on the Billings Outlaws 2006 National Championship Team, former Tufts University player Drew Blewett, former Montana State Bobcat football players Trevor Bolton and Tyler Bolton and former Montana State University Northern football player Luke McKinley are again set to hold Montana’s only free kicking camp next week in Great Falls.
Field goal kickers from across the state will gather in Great Falls Wednesday, June 22 for the Annual Blewett Kicking Camp, sponsored by the personal injury law firm of Hoyt and Blewett PLLC. The camp, which is free of charge, teaches the fundamentals of football’s kicking game, including field goal kicking, punting, and kickoffs, and is the only camp of its kind offered in Montana. This year’s camp features five former college football players, including former Bobcat kickers Trevor Bolton and Tyler Bolton. Both Bolton brothers participated in the Blewett Kicking camp as youths and now help run the camp each year.
The first day of the camp has already been completed. The final day will be Thursday, June 23 from 5:30-7 pm at the Paris Gibson Education Center football field, 24th Street and Central Ave. The camp is open to eight graders through high school.
Camp director Anders Blewett believes the camp offers a unique opportunity for Montana athletes who want to learn how to kick.
“Kicking is probably the most overlooked aspect of the game of football,” Blewett said. “Whether they are soccer players or football players, we aim to get kids interested in the kicking game and improve their skills.”
In recent years, Montana has produced several kickers who have gone on to kick in college and the NFL. Dallas Neil (Great Falls), Kris Heppner (Great Falls), and Dan Carpenter (Helena), who starred at the University of Montana, all went on to play in the NFL.
“Montana has produced some top-notch kickers and we’d like to help keep that tradition alive,” said Blewett.
Camp instructors Anders Blewett, Drew Blewett, Tyler Bolton and Trevor Bolton played all-state football players for Great Falls High who in the Shrine Game and went on to play college football. Luke McKinley was a star athlete at CMR who had a record setting college football career at Montana State University Northern.
Participants are encouraged to wear soccer cleats, or low-cut cleats and bring footballs and tees if they have them. Please avoid high top footwear. Participants may attend one or both sessions. For more information regarding the free camp please visit: http://www.hoytblewett.com/kickingcamp/ or contact the City of Great Falls Community Recreation Center at 801 2nd Ave. North or via telephone at 727-6099.