By Cambi Brown

NATOMAS (CBS13) — The Marine Corps hosted a football camp for Northern California high school athletes at Natomas High School on Sunday.

The Marine Corps All-American Football Camp is meant to help athletes develop football skills, but also redefine the term “all-American.”

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“To help motivate them along and in down time tell them about their experiences and give them some advice for life,” said Capt Edward Kay. “In addition to the metrics you measure like catching, passes, sprint time, that leadership and performance is more than that.”

Marines are putting the students through drills they’ve never experienced before.

It gives kids like us a better opportunity to get out and do something we love,” said Luther Burbank High student Michael Roots.

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He’ll be a senior next year and he’s hoping the camp will get him ready for college football.

“I’m hoping to get some experience, some new techniques, and a couple of colleges,” he said.

Semper fi will have a different meaning for the athletes once they’re done with the football camp.

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“It’s important to be a leader because you need to know what to do and when to do it and at the right time and teamwork builds character,” Roots said.