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Rams center Avila offers wise words, teaches future linemen

Aliyah Navarro-The Sporting Tribune
The Rams are hosting a series of football camps for high school athletes. The first camp focused on offensive linemen and was led by Steve Avila.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams second-year offensive lineman Steve Avila hosted his first offensive line position camp for high school students in Grades 9-12 last weekend.

The camp took place at the Rams’ practice facility at California Lutheran University. 

Throughout camp, Avila, the TCU alum who started all 17 games for the Rams during his rookie season, would glide from station to station, delivering hands-on and vocal teaching to each student. Avila made it clear that he wanted to make the day to be memorable for everyone involved.

This was demonstrated by his infectious smile and excitement, which never left his face during the duration of the camp. 

“I came out here to put smiles on people’s faces and share knowledge with the kids,” Avila told The Sporting Tribune. “I know the parents really appreciate that too. As long as someone left today with a good impression. That’s all that matters to me.

“I know a lot of these kids look up to NFL players. I’m blessed to be where I’m at that they look up to me. It brings me a lot of joy that I was able to put on such a good event and had good people who set it up and helped out. It was very exciting.”

Coaches and special guests, including Rams offensive lineman Grant Miller, and the Rams Associate Manager of High School Football, Ghalee Wadood, all took notes on what was said.

“They all have dreams and aspirations of making it to the NFL,” Wadood said “If they can go through the NFL drills that Steve created along with our coach and take them back with them, it’s a win.”

Winning seemed to be the norm at camp, as camper were encouraged to be their best selves while receiving the internal and outward benefits of learning from highly experienced instructors.

The day ended with a game of tug of war, a special award ceremony for campers and a few wise words from Avila, who never forgot someone was there to help him when he was in high school.

“I just feel like all my life I’ve had great role models to lead me the right way and they honestly helped me to to get to where I’m at,” Avila said. “I didn’t go to too many camps but just in talking to people and having knowledge shared upon me is why I do it for the kids.”