Barth family set to host annual free kicking clinic at Hoggard

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Denver Broncos place kicker and Wilmington native Connor Barth will once again team up with his family to host their annual Barth Kicking Clinic at Hoggard High School on Tuesday, July 14.

Now in its third year, the one-day camp is geared at helping athletes of all ages learn more about the ins and outs of kicking or to improve on  skills already learned.

Connor Barth, right, works with Laney junior Josiah Eason during the Barth kicking clinic at Hoggard. Photo by Lee Wagner
Connor Barth, right, works with Laney junior Josiah Eason during the Barth kicking clinic at Hoggard. Port City Daily file photo. 

Joining Connor Barth will be his brother, former UNC kicker Casey Barth, along with their father, Tom Barth, in addition to other athletes, including fellow Hoggard alum and former N.C. State punter Wil Baumann.

“It was just the idea that football has been so good to the boys and all the other kicking instructors here as well, that they wanted to give back to the community,” Tom Barth said. “A free camp for youth is  good way to do that and gives them an opportunity to see what kicking is all about and give them a chance to be around college and professional athletes. Football has been good to Connor and Casey and they wanted to give back.”

Connor and Casey Barth both played football at Hoggard High School, University of North Carolina and for NFL teams.

Last summer, 29 athletes from grammar school age through high school turned out for the camp, which runs from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday.

“I never had a NFL player to look up to when I was growing up and maybe I can come out here and instill some positive values in the kids and hang out with them a little bit, that is what it’s all about,” Connor Barth, 29, said.

“When I was a freshman in high school I was a puny little soccer player and I put on a few pounds working out and you have to start somewhere. It’s a way for these guys to come out and find out if it’s something they want to do. Anytime I can get out here and a kid can take something positive away I feel it’s a good thing.”

Barth made his return to the National Football League in late November 2014, joining Peyton Manning and the Broncos for their late season playoff push. Prior to being signed by Denver, Barth last played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. He made 15-of-16 attempts last season and went 2-for-2 from between 40-49 yards in the playoffs.

The Barth Kicking Camp is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tom Barth at 910-231-1181 or email stbarth1@earthlink.net.