With training camp creeping in for players across the NFL, Denver Broncos’ place kicker Connor Barth stepped out on the football field at Hoggard High School with a bag of footballs and a handful of kicking tees.
However, his time on the field wasn’t spent training or working out with teammates–but instead with his family and local youth for the Barth Kicking Clinic–now in its third year.
“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.
Connor Barth was joined by 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.
Connor and Casey Barth both played football at Hoggard High School, University of North Carolina and for NFL teams.
“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,” said Connor Barth. “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.”