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Hardwick, Verrett to host summer football camp

Aug 13, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) is interviewed by former Charger Nick Hardwick in a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 17-7. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 13, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) is interviewed by former Charger Nick Hardwick in a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 17-7. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Chargers center Nick Hardwick and 2015 Pro Bowl cornerback Jason Verrett were teammates in 2014. In 2016, they are joining forces again, but this time it’s for the kids.

The “Nick Hardwick and Jason Verrett Football Camp” is one of 27 camps created by Sports International, a program founded in 1983 that helps players better understand the game of football as well as perfect their technique. The camp, held at the University of San Diego, will take place July 6-9.

“The instruction these kids get from the coaches, as well as the various NFL players that attend this academy, is invaluable,” Hardwick said.

Each camp is taught by Sport International’s expert faculty of high school and college coaches. Their team also features “current and former professional players and coaches who have a passion for sharing their knowledge with young athletes.” Since 2011, there have been 300 current and former pro players and coaches who have been instructors.

Here’s what Sports International is all about:

Whether you are a player with experience or one who’s grown fond of the sport and would like to give it a try, all are welcomed. From catching passes and picking off quarterbacks to blocking for running backs and kicking the ball through the uprights, the choice is yours.

While guard D.J. Fluker is the featured guest this year (body slamming is a special course), Sports International doesn’t guarantee the amount of San Diego Chargers who will arrive at the camp. That said, linebacker Melvin Ingram, nose tackle Ryan Carrethers and ex-Charger running backs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles have made an appearance in the past.

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