Date: June 18, 2002
UW-River Falls Gets Ready for the Chiefs' 12th Year
By Michelle Tighe
UW-RF News Bureau
The University of Wisconsin- River Falls is finalizing months of planning and preparation as it gets set to host the Kansas City Chiefs for the 12th year.
During the three weeks of training camp, July 25th - Aug. 16, the city of River Falls and the University will once again strive to provide the Chiefs and their fans the best training camp experience of any team in the NFL.
Second year Head Coach Dick Vermeil has a distinct profile of the kind of player and team he wants to build this year. "Smarter, tougher, better conditioned and a team that can play the game fast," said Vermeil in a recent interview.
Some new additions to the team to watch are first-round draft pick defensive tackle Ryan Sims and second-round draft pick defensive tackle Eddie Freeman, who will add depth to an already talented defense. Also, watch for the speed of wide receiver Johnnie Morton and the power of offensive tackle Willie Roaf. Veteran favorites such as tight end Tony Gonzalez, second year quarterback Trent Green, and the 2001 NFL leading rusher, running back Priest Holmes, will be together for a second year.
During camp, there will typically be two daily practices that are free and open to the public beginning on July 26. Morning practices usually are held from 8:05-9:55 a.m. and afternoon practices will be from 4:35-6:15 p.m. There will be an evening practice on July 31 during Family Fun Night with the practice beginning at 7:20 p.m.
One of the highlight events will be the Chiefs' trip to Mankato to practice with the Minnesota Vikings on Aug. 2-3. Practices will be 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m. and 5:40 8 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 11 a.m. and from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday.
Family Fun Night is another anticipated event, scheduled for Wednesday, July 31. There will be an autograph session with players and coaches followed by an evening practice on Ramer Field. Other activities fans can enjoy that evening are music, games for the kids, and a fireworks display at the end of practice. Admission is free to anyone under 18 and $5 for adults.
Other special events planned again this year are the Punt, Pass, and Kick competition for 8-13-year-olds, scheduled for Sunday, July 28. There will be Kids Days on July 30 and Aug. 14 and a Seniors Day on Aug. 7 at the morning practices. There also will be daily opportunities to tour the training facilities in Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center and Hunt Arena.
For those who can't attend training camp, extensive coverage and daily updates are available on UW-RF's award winning web site at www.uwrf.info/chiefs. Fans can call the Chiefs Hotline at 1-800-4-KCC-KCC for the latest information on daily practice times and event dates, as these are subject to change. For information about lodging and other attractions in River Falls and in the nearby Scenic St. Croix Valley, log on to www.saintcroixriver.com. -30-
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