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Former NFL QB to host Spring Valley camp

Children ages 8 to 18 in Pierce County will have the opportunity this summer to receive instruction from a 12-year professional quarterback of the National Football League.

Sage RosenfelsFormer NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels is hosting an instructional football event on Saturday, July 16 in the fields behind Spring Valley High School. All proceeds will go to Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put, an organization that works to keep senior citizens living at home instead of at a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Margy Balwierz, the president of the organization, was able to convince longtime family friend Rosenfels to host the Spring Valley fundraiser event.

Balwierz befriended the former NFL quarterback’s parents while living in Illinois before he was even born. She recalled meeting Jamie Rosenfels, Sage’s mother, in a grocery store in Illinois almost 42 years ago. Jaime and her husband, Robert Rosenfels, have since been family friends for the past four decades.

“When he moved to the Vikings, we all visited together,” said Balwierz, who has lived in the Spring Valley area for 18 years. “I’ve just been friends with them for a long time. He’s got five brothers and sisters, and I know them all. His parents were contemporaries of myself and my husband.”

Rosenfels originally suggested they host the fundraiser at the new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. But Balwierz said she wanted to keep the event in Spring Valley.

Rosenfels was a quarterback in the NFL for 12 years, playing for the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. He has since been working with youth football players around the country.

Rosenfels said in an email that the camp will include two hours of drills for quarterbacks and wide receivers. The event will also include a question and answer section about life as a college and NFL football player.

“Mostly, I want to work on footwork, timing on routes, and understanding coverages used in the NFL,” Rosenfels said. “I will be installing pass patters, which NFL teams use, and letting players understand the importance of footwork and timing.”

The July 16 event has a registration deadline for July 1, and Balwierz said there are still plenty of openings. The cost for the event is $30 to $35, depending on age, and the organization is also looking for people who would be willing to sponsor kids to attend. All donations will go directly to Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put, and Rosenfels is volunteering his time.

“It’s just going to be real informal, on the field,” Balwierz said. “We’ll have some other adults helping us. Guys are going to go out there and get them into squads to run plays while Sage is working in small groups.”

People interested in the event should call 715-778-5800 and mention their email and phone number for Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put to contact them with more information.