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Will Grier To Host Local Football Camp

Panthers and former WVU QB will visit The Highlands June 21-22

Carolina Panthers quarterback Will Grier (7) warms up before the start of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

TRIADELPHIA — Former West Virginia standout and current Carolina Panthers quarterback Will Grier will be making a visit to the Ohio Valley. Grier, along with former West Virginia and Wheeling Central basketball player Chase Harler will team up and host the Will Grier Football Camp presented by Coachem Up Sports at The Highland Sports Complex.

The camp will be from June 21-22 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on both days.

“This summer, my goal was to try to bring different kind of events and things that normally wouldn’t happen in Wheeling, especially in the Ohio Valley,” Harler said. “I thought, what could I bring to the Ohio Valley to give these kids a new learning aspect? One of my favorite sayings is ‘exposure leads to expansion.’ The more you’re exposed to, the more opportunities these kids start to think of, their brains start racing and they’re goal-reaching.”

Harler, who just recently finished his first year of pro basketball overseas in Lithuania said while him and Grier didn’t hang out while both were at West Virginia, he messaged Grier and the quarterback agreed to make sure the camp would happen.

“I just reached out to Will on social media,” Harler said. “He was in school when I was in school.

“I knew of him and I’m sure he knew of me, but we were never really friends or anything like that. But, I reached out to him and he responded in about 20 minutes. He said he was down and we just needed to figure out the logistics.

“We finally got a date and I think it’s going to be really, really cool for the kids of the Ohio Valley and cool for him just to see the support he still gets in West Virginia.”

In two years with the Mountaineers, Grier threw for 7,354 yards and 71 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions. In 2018, he placed fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Grier was drafted by Carolina in the third round (100th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft. He played in two games during his rookie campaign completing 28 of 52 of his passes for 228 yards.

“I’m hoping for a great turnout,” Harler said. “These kids can be around Will Grier, a West Virginia legend and NFL quarterback. I’m sure he’ll have a segment where he’ll get to talk to all of them, talk about his journey and what it takes to be an elite athlete and NFL quarterback. Not too often do we have things like this in the Ohio Valley. I feel like I have sort of a platform and an opportunity to reach out to people like that and get a response. I’m just going to do as much as I can to bring around here and give these kids a different look at some stuff.”

The camp is available for boys and girls ages 7-18. To register go to www.coachemupsports.com.

“I’ve never played football, but I respect Will and his brand and team do a great job,” Harler said. “They’ve had a camp in Morgantown before. I think it’s going to be really good.”

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