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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football program, which has made back-to-back NCAA Division II National Quarterfinal appearances and is the preseason #3 team in the country by Lindy's Sports, has announced plans to hold its second annual FREE youth football camp in Grand Rapids on July 12.
The Bulldogs will be partnering with the West Michigan Whitecaps Foundation and will be giving back to West Michigan by holding a free camp for grades K-8 organized and ran by current Ferris State players and coaches. It will take place at historic Houseman Field in downtown Grand Rapids.
The youth camp will run from 12:30 to 4 p.m. (ET) and registration will be on-site. No pre-registration is needed and campers are encouraged to bring cleats, shorts and a t-shirt.
"We're thrilled to bring this great summer event to Grand Rapids and Houseman Field again this year," said FSU head coach Tony Annese. "We receive so much support from West Michigan and this is a tremendous way for our program to give back to today's youth and those who help support us throughout the year. We're looking forward to a great afternoon teaching the kids of West Michigan at this free football camp."
The camp also continues a great partnership between FSU and the West Michigan Whitecaps. The Bulldogs will hold their second annual "Friends, Family & Alumni Night" in conjunction with a Whitecaps home game the evening of July 12 following the camp and also will face Michigan Tech in the "Battle At The Ballpark" on Oct. 6 this fall at Fifth Third Ballpark.
The Bulldogs will begin their 110th season of varsity competition this coming fall with their sights set on making a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. FSU has made back-to-back NCAA Division II National Quarterfinal appearances and is one of only five teams in all of college football to win at least 11 games each of the past four years. The Bulldogs along with Northwest Missouri State are the only programs in Division II football to make the playoffs each of the past four seasons.
In six seasons under head coach Tony Annese, the Bulldogs have become a national power on the Division II level. FSU has posted a 60-14 overall mark in the last six years and the Bulldogs have also posted the best winning percentage of all 21 collegiate programs in the state of Michigan along with the GLIAC since his arrival. Last summer, Hero Sports picked FSU as Michigan's Best College Football program regardless of division.
Ferris State will return nearly 50 letterwinners for the 2018 campaign. The Bulldogs will open the season at home under the lights at Top Taggart Field on Thursday, Aug. 30, with a non-conference matchup versus East Stroudsburg (Pa.) starting at 7:30 p.m. (ET).