VANDALIA — The Butler Wee Aviators and the Butler High School football program held a one-day camp Saturday, June 13 at Butler Memorial Stadium. The players, grouped by age, were put through various stations receiving instruction from coaches, players, and former players from Butler High School.
Three former Aviators now playing college football spoke to the players about Butler football, hard work, dedication, and dreaming big.
Sam Faulkner is an outside linebacker who will be a senior at Anderson University this fall; Richard Motter is a corner-back at Carthage College; and Taylor Decker, an outside linebacker coming off a national championship at Ohio State this past season.
“It’s good to not forget where you came from,” said Decker. “If it wasn’t for this community, this support system, this coaching staff, and this school system I don’t think I’d be where I’m at. I came from a good background and have had people help me and support me every step of the way. I’m thankful for that and I’m fortunate, because not every kid necessarily has that.”
Decker had a simple message for the players.
“Whoever brought you here, whoever it is helping you out, whoever is taking you to practice today, thank them,” he said. “Dedicate yourselves to hard work and if you want to do something and you are willing to sacrifice then you can.”
The Wee Aviators play in the Western Ohio Junior Football Conference whose season begins with a premiere game in mid-August. The teams then play an eight-game regular season and end the year with a tournament.
The high school Aviators will open the season on Friday, August 28 when they host Shawnee.