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Badgers visit Rhinelander to help coach football camps

Story By Griffin Stroin
Local Sports Published 03/20/2021 9:53PM, Last Updated 03/20/2021 10:41PM
Rhinelander - It has been a couple of busy days inside the Hodag Dome in Rhinelander. Earlier, it was the host to a college softball tournament, today it was occupied by football players from all over the state. 

Usually in late March, the temperatures in the Northwoods would still be brutally cold and inches of snow would be on the ground, making it hard to host a football camp. But now with the Hodag Dome, anything is possible. 

"Kids from all over the place came here and know that we're going to be able to have a football camp regardless of the weather because of the situation we have into March," Paul Ellenbecker, Rhinelander football varsity offensive line coach said.

The new facility was even turning the heads of some of the student athletes that were present.

"Some of the Wisconsin Badgers came in here last night and were like 'this is better than the McClaine Center'," Ellenbecker said. "A lot of people opened there eyes to see what we got and the special facilities we have here in Rhinelander."

Over 80 athletes came to learn from a variety of coaches and collegiate players. Football student athletes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-La Crosse made the drive to help coach the kids through various drills, making it a special day for everybody.

"The overall turnout was just awesome," Ellenbecker, said. "I couldn't have asked for more from the kids who worked the camp. The student athletes were just phenomenal and every kid here I think had a really good time with it." 

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