Peterson Apologizes For Missing Youth Camp

Thursday, June 23rd 2011, 11:15 am
By: News 9 Staff and Wire Reports

NORMAN, Oklahoma—Former OU running back Adrian Peterson will not be in attendance at the youth football camp that bears his name.

Although it was originally reported that Peterson would not be in attendance because he had to film a segment for the NFL Top 100 show, the actual reason for his absence is due to a scheduling conflict.

"I want to apologize to all the fans about the confusion regarding the camp in Norman," Peterson said in a statement issued to The Associated Press through his agent, Ben Dogra, on Wednesday night. "I hosted camps in Palestine and Tyler, Texas, last week that went great. Due to ProCamps misunderstanding of my schedule, I was never able to host this year's Norman camp on their scheduled dates, but look forward to being back in 2012."

On Monday, ProCamps released this statement on its website:

"Although we are saddened to hear that he won't be able to attend his camp, we congratulate Adrian on the honor. Since we learned the news, ProCamps has been working around the clock to maintain a program that still provides a first-class experience to all campers and allows interaction with various Sooner stars."

Since then, ProCamps has issues another statement apologizing for the miscommunication to Peterson, his fans and campers. ProCamps said it will issue full refunds upon request, or give $70 in gifts to kids who attend the camp anyway. Furthermore ProCamps had to correct its statement, because the filming for the segment Peterson will be featured on for the NFL Network,doesn't begin until July 3.

"ProCamps has appreciated the opportunity to assist Adrian with his football camp the past three years and due to a breakdown in communication on our end, the camp was scheduled at a time that prevented Adrian from being able to attend," the statement read.

"We would like to note that Adrian has never missed a minute of his camp since the inception and that over 1,000 kids have been impacted as a result. Furthermore, Adrian's commitment to helping kids is reflective in the multiple football camps he has hosted since entering the NFL and continues through his commitment to his personal foundation as well as mission trips assisting kids around the world."

Peterson's former teammates, and fellow Sooner-greats Mark Clayton, DeMarco Murray and Jason White will serve as the camp's special guest hosts this week.

The football camp that teaches fundamentals and skills of football is set to take place June 23 and 24 in Norman at the OU Intramural fields.

Peterson spent three seasons with Oklahoma before he was drafted in the first round by Minnesota. While at OU he set an NCAA freshman record with 1,925 yards rushing in 2004 while helping the Sooners reach an Orange Bowl matchup.