Hawkeye football announces (free) youth camp in Johnston

Chad Leistikow
Hawk Central

The Iowa football team is coming to central Iowa this spring, after all.

The Hawkeyes announced on Thursday that they will host a youth football camp at Johnston Middle School on May 5.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz signs autographs during last year's spring practice at West Des Moines. He and the Hawkeyes will return to Johnston on May 5 for a youth football camp.

The free camp will feature senior Hawkeye players, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and some of his assistants. It is open to boys and girls entering first through eighth grades. There will be two, 45-minute sessions (one starting at 10:30 a.m., the other at 11:30), divided by age group.

"This camp is a tremendous opportunity for us to interact with the next generation of Hawkeyes,” Ferentz said in an athletic department news release. "The players, staff and I take great pride in working with these kids to become better players, and to install the importance of having fun and being respectful."

Campers must pre-register at hawkeyefbcamp.com. Space is limited. (Did we mention it's free?)

The Hawkeye program held a once-annual spring practice at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines from 2013 to 2017 but is choosing not to do that this year. 

Iowa's only open-to-the-public spring practice will be held at 7 p.m. April 20 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. That spring practice will not be televised, although the Big Ten Network will show highlights and interviews.