Former UW star Brian Calhoun is giving back to his community and you can be a part of it. Join Calhoun and other sports celebrities at the third annual Brian Calhoun Youth Sportsfest Friday, June 5 and Saturday June 6 at Oak Creek High School in Oak Creek, Wis.
This two-day event is aiming to encourage young people to become physically and mentally fit. The festivities kick off on Friday night when Calhoun and fellow NFL players take on the Oak Creek faculty in a basketball game along with a 3-point shooting contest for students.
Saturday morning features a 1.5-mile run and walk, part of a national youth health and fitness campaign that encourages physical fitness for youth.
Following the morning run/walk, students in grades 1-8 will be able to take part in free football and cheer camps with the NFL pros. The camps will have a limited enrollment and spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Amongst the events, fans will have opportunities all weekend to get autographs and have their pictures taken with the athletes in attendance.
Calhoun was a graduate of Oak Creek High School and played two seasons at the University of Colorado before transferring to Wisconsin. During the 2005 season, he was a second-team All-America choice and consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, as well as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nations top running back.
Calhoun led the Big Ten in scoring (11.1 ppg) and all-purpose yardage (169.8 ypg). He was second in rushing (125.9 ypg). Nationally, he finished fifth, sixth and sixth, respectively, in those three categories. He finished the 2005 season with 348 rushing attempts (a UW season record); 1,636 rushing yards (fifth-most in UW history) and 22 rushing TDs (a UW record). He also concluded the 2005 campaign with 53 receptions for 571 receiving yards (both season records for a UW running back). In addition, he accumulated 2,207 all-purpose yards, second-most in school history; scored 24 total TDs, the most in a season in UW history and; scored 144 points, the most in school history.
After forgoing his senior season, Calhoun was drafted with the 10th pick in the third round (74th overall) by the Detroit Lions. He spent two injury-plagued seasons with the Lions accumulating 54 yards on 14 rushes and 55 yards on seven receptions. He is currently a free agent.
For more on the third Annual Brian Calhoun Youth Sportsfest, including information on purchasing tickets as well as other events occurring over the weekend, please visit www.BrianCalhoun.net .