Owensboro’s Tinsley to host third annual free youth football camp July 20

June 24, 2024 | 12:09 am

Updated June 23, 2024 | 2:08 pm

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Former Owensboro High School football standout Dartanyan Tinsley will host his third annual “One Dream One Goal Football Camp” for area youngsters on July 20. As always, this year’s camp comes at no cost to families and includes a jam-packed day of football, food, family, and fun. 

Tinsley started all 12 games at left guard for the University of Cincinnati football team during the 2023 season and looks forward to returning to the Queen City for one more year as a redshirt senior. Because of a busy offseason, this year’s camp will be one day, but he promises to pack the same level of instruction and fun into the entire day. 

“It’s great for kids to go out there, have fun, and learn a little something about football,” Tinsley said. “My goal is to provide for families that can’t swing the cost of a typical camp by providing a free opportunity.”

The camp is for all young people between the ages of 5 and 13 and will cover various elements of the game. In its first year more than 150 kids attended, while last year drew about 290. 

“I’m usually able to get a lot of help through sponsorships,” Tinsley said. “You can really feel the love in the community, and I appreciate that. It’s always been in my nature to give and help people. From food drives and toy giveaways to this camp, I just enjoy giving back.”

Tinsley hosts the camp at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport practice fields, which sit at the intersection of Bittel and Flightline roads. He said keeping it free will always be the priority. 

“When you’re in the position I’m in, and the spotlight is on you, you have to capitalize on it,” he said. “I want to teach young people that as people pour support into you, you have to do the same for others. There could be a kid there that wants to be the next me or the next Gavin Wimsatt.”

Tinsley went unnoticed by several college coaches during his tenure with the Red Devils. Steadfast in his efforts to play college football, he went to Kentucky Christian University, a small NAIA school in eastern Kentucky, where he further developed his craft. 

“It’s easy to fall through those cracks,” he said. “I was a Knight for 3 years, and I’m grateful for that experience. Now, I’m a Bearcat, and I’m declaring for the NFL draft this fall. It’s all about dedication.”

Following the upcoming season, Tinsley said he will move to Florida to train and enhance his draft stock. He will also look to sign an agent at that time and participate in the various pro days and combines. 

Tinsley hopes to continue inspiring other young people in the community. Click here to register for the One Dream One Goal camp (please note the dates listed on the registration page are incorrect).

June 24, 2024 | 12:09 am

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