Former UW Badger teammates help host football clinic

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MADISON, Wis (WMTV) - Two current NFL players and former University of Wisconsin Badgers came back to Madison on Saturday to teach kids the fundamentals of football.

Nearly 200 kids from all over the state, including members of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane Co., participated in a football clinic co-hosted by Melvin Gordon and James White.

Both former teammates, Gordon is now a running back for the Los Angeles Charges and White a running back for the New England Patriots.

Michael Johnson, CEO of the Girls and Boys Club, said that though this is the first year of the clinic, he hopes that this is a tradition that can continue for many more years.

"Melvin grew up in a Boys and Girls club, he talks about Boys and Girls clubs all the time, so the fact that he is coming back to give back to the community is just absolutely amazing,” Johnson said.

One of the camps coordinators said the clinic helped kids develop their football skills, taught them how to apply discipline from the game to everyday life and more.

"It’s very important, because it's something to shoot for, and the biggest goal is to not go to the NFL professionally, but the biggest goal is to use sports as a tool,” Melvin Stabler, one of the camp coordinators, said.