PLAINVILLE - Niko Koutouvides never misses a chance to give back to the community that helped make his NFL dream possible.
Koutouvides, who starred on the football field at Plainville High School and later suited up in the NFL for nearly a decade with the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, will host his 8th annual football clinic today from noon to 2 p.m. at Plainville High.
“It’s a great way to give back to the community and to show the positives of the game,” Koutouvides said. “The game of football has taken a lot of negative hits recently with all the concussion stuff. This gives us an opportunity to teach good form and proper technique. It’s really gratifying.”
Playing the game the proper way is of particular importance to the Plainville native. So, as he does every year, Koutouvides is set to bring a number of his former NFL and college teammates, which he likes to keep a surprise, to help run the day’s events.
“It means a lot to have some of my former teammates drive the two-plus hours to come and help out,” Koutouvides said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to have a number of guys come and help out every year. It’s a great experience.”
Another objective of the camp is to help grow the Plainville Colts, the town’s youth football program, which gains the financial benefits from the clinic.
“A number of local business and the state have donated their money so [the Colts] can have the best equipment to be safe and run around playing the game,” Koutouvides said. “We want to make the program the best it can be. I played for the program when I was a kid and I want the kids to enjoy it as much as I did.”
Some of the campers will also get some special equipment of their own, as the winners of the annual relay race at the end of the day get cleats from Dick’s Sporting Goods. And for Koutouvides, that’s what makes the clinic special.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said.
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