One of Kingsburg’s most accomplished athletes returns home this week for the annual Kingsburg High football camp.
Kingsburg High grad Tyler Bray, a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, is scheduled to be at the high school Thursday, July 13 for the one-day event, which runs 7:30-9 p.m. (registration is at 6:30 p.m.). The fee is $20.
“It’s nice he’s able to come back and give to the community and the high school where he played,” Kingsburg coach David Wilson said. “He’s good with kids and we’ve had a great time with him."
This will be Bray's third year participating in the camp.
"It's nice getting back to a place that's so familiar," Bray said last week by telephone. "I get to see kids my brother goes to school with and I'm able to help the football program."
Bray has a 12-year-old brother, Jacob Bray, in Kingsburg. His parents and grandfather also live here.
Last year, about 75 youngsters ages 6-13 participated in the camp, taking part in hitting, catching, throwing and running. The Kingsburg High players and Wilson joined Bray in instructing the kids.
Although there is no guarantee what will happen this year, some kids went home with autographed footballs from Bray and Chiefs starting quarterback Alex Smith last year; Bray also signed autographs and posed for pictures with campers.
In 2009, Bray led Kingsburg to the first of three consecutive section titles. He then played at the University of Tennessee before signing in 2012 as a free agent with the Chiefs.
This season, Bray figures to have plenty of competition as quarterback. Not only does Smith return as the logical starter, but the Chiefs drafted quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round. But then Bray is used to competition, having beaten out Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan for the third QB spot last season.
"They haven't announced who the back-up [to Smith] will be," Bray said. "So it's going to be a battle, competing for the No. 2 spot. It's the same every year. It's the NFL — it's the best talent and you always have to compete."
Wilson taught Bray in the classroom at Kingsburg, but the head football coach back then was David Steele.
"The high school always brings back memories," Bray said. "I lived there for quite a few years and I know everyone and it's a small town. When we played it was kind of like [the book/movie/TV show] 'Friday Night Lights.'"
Kingsburg High went 8-4 last season, including a 3-2 record in the Central Sequoia League. The new season kickstarts in August.