Young player getting an early start

Courtesy photo Preston Jeffs, 9, received MVP for his position of defensive end at a football camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. Winning this award allows Preston to go to the All-American League Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

By Lillian Bowe
Staff writer
lbowe@pntonline.com

Preston Jeffs’ one dream is to play in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He already knows what college he wants to play football with as well — Oregon University.

Preston, 9, is already preparing for his future by going to the Offense-Defense Football Camp, which hosts camps across the nation, at Flagstaff, Arizona where he was named MVP defensive end.

This award not only came with a medal, but an invitation to the All-American League Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
“It’s awesome. I’m getting the opportunity to go to have fun and get better,” Preston said.
Preston’s mother Jennifer Jeffs said her son has been working all summer practicing for the camp in Arizona. Jeffs said he has work with a trainer for two hours a day for 12 weeks before the camp.

The camp was for nine hours a day and Jeffs said he never complained.

Courtesy photo Preston Jeffs, 9, received MVP for his position of defensive end at a football camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. Winning this award allows Preston to go to the All-American League Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

Courtesy photo
Preston Jeffs, 9, received MVP for his position of defensive end at a football camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. Winning this award allows Preston to go to the All-American League Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

“He has worked so hard and was so excited to be named MVP,” Jeffs said.

There is only one problem with the camp in Florida. Jeffs said the cost of attending is high.

Jeffs said her family is trying to raise money to take Preston to the camp. Some of the fundraising activities will be a rummage sale in August, a bake sale and raffle in September and Preston will go to business selling posters.

Jeffs also has a gofundme.com account called “Orlando Or Bust for Preston Jeffs,” where anyone can donate.

The All-American League Bowl will be for nine days in December in which Preston will meet with other children in the bowl for three days, practice for three days and the weekend he will be play.

Jeffs said Preston is involved in sports, but football is his favorite and has played since kindergarten.
When school starts back up, Preston will be playing in the Portales city football league.