Howell bringing football camp to West Bladen

W. Curt Vincent -

DUBLIN — West Bladen High School will welcome home Bladenboro native Richard Howell on Saturday, June 18, for the third annual Richard Howell Youth Football Camp.

Howell, a former quarterback for Bladenboro High and Davidson College, is about to start his 17th season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Indianapolis Colts.

The free camp, powered by USA Football for youth between the ages of 7 and 11, will be held on the Knights’ home field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. for those who have to registered ahead of time.

“Richard is one of the finest athletes Bladen County has ever produced, and he can definitely teach our kids football fundamentals and skills,” said first-year West Bladen varsity football coach Todd Pait. “But more importantly, he is a great person and role model who can teach them about living a good, clean lifestyle.”

The camp will feature USA Football’s FUNdamentals curriculum designed to show youth basic skills and drills in a non-contact environment. Instruction from local current and former collegiate and high-school football players will be available.

Campers will each receive lunch and a free T-shirt for participating in the event.

“It’s a pretty cool deal and we hope to see a lot of kids out there,” Pait said.

The camp was started in 2014 by then varsity football coach Russell Dove, who was a teammate of Howell’s at Bladenboro High. Dove recently moved on to the head coaching position at South Columbus High.

Registration is available online at

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

W. Curt Vincent

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