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Ed McCaffrey Runs Camp For Some Very Special Kids

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An image from the Dare to Play game (credit: CBS)

An image from the Dare to Play game (credit: CBS)

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – Former Denver Bronco Ed McCaffrey hasn’t gone far from the game of football. This weekend he held his annual “Dare to Play” camp.

The camp is for kids with Down syndrome. McCaffrey, along with high school coaches and players, taught campers the basics of football.

It’s an 8-week camp, and on the last day the children play a game in front of stands full of family and friends. And of course cheerleaders are one the sidelines rooting on the players.

“Kids with Down syndrome play sports for the same reason everybody else does. They want to have fun, make friends and be part of a team,” McCaffrey said. “Some kids are more serious than others, just like it is with every other team, but they have a lot of fun. And probably the most fun is the touchdown dance, so if the music starts playing and somebody scores, get ready for a celebration.”

It was the second year for the Dare to Play camp.

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