Around The Web: Training Camp Dates, River Falls in 2010?, Thigpen Gives Back

As the Kansas City Chiefs get closer to heading to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for training camp, more details are being released.

The team will depart Kansas City on Thursday, July 30.  The next day they will have their running test in the morningRiverFalls1 and that is their only on-field work scheduled for that day.  They begin practices Saturday morning, August 1st.

When the team has two practices, they are scheduled to start at 8:50 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  When the team has just one workout, they are scheduled to begin at 1:50 p.m.  Practices will generally run two hours.

Here’s how the practices currently break down by dates:

  • DAYS WITH TWO PRACTICES – August 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 17, 19.
  • DAYS WITH ONE PRACTICE – August 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 18, 20.
  • FAMILY FUN DAY/SCRIMMAGE – Saturday, August 8 at 2 p.m.
  • NO PRACTICE DAYS – August 9, August 14, August 15, August 16 and August 21.

Now we can all mark our calenders for the best days to hit up training camp.  If you’re heading up to River Falls, aim to start and end your trip on days with two practices.  I’m thinking maybe going Aug. 7-10 that way I get four practices, family fun day and a scrimmage over a four day stretch.

Speaking of training camp at River Falls, this is the Chiefs final season in Wisconsin.  Or is it?  What happens if there are problems with the new training camp facility in St. Joseph, MO?

Construction began last week, but if the facility is not ready in time for the Chiefs’ 2010 summer camp, the team may exercise its option to return to River Falls for a 20th year.  This summer is the first of a two-year contract between UW-RF and the Chiefs.  Next year, is an option year.  The Chiefs have until Oct. 1 to exercise that option or withdraw.

Clearly all the heavy lifting still has be be done at Missouri Western State University, but all of the early signs are positive.  Even if it’s only by a day or two, everything has been ahead of schedule.  Just as there would have been been a huge outcry if the initial deal with MWSU fell apart, the same thing would happen if the new facility was not ready in time for next year’s camp.  It’s for that reason alone that — barring anything catastrophic — I am confident the new complex in St. Joseph will be done well ahead of schedule.

By now we all know Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen’s great story: After not playing QB his senior year in high school, he went to little Coastal Carolina and after a stellar career was the first player drafted out of the school as well as the Big South conference.  Now after starting most of last season for Kansas City, Thigpen is giving back to help high school quarterbacks reach where he is now.Thigpen5

Thigpen is holding the first annual Tyler Thigpen QB/WR Camp at Coastal Carolina University.  The age of campers range from 7 to 18 with the athletes coming from all over the Southeast to learn from the Chiefs quarterback.  He says a major reason he wanted to have the camp was because of his own humble beginnings.

It seems just about every Chiefs player this week is either holding a camp for kids or supporting a local charity.  This franchise continues to lead the way when it comes to their actions off the field.

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