As I mentioned before, I’m from Korea. Football is not that popular in my country so you don’t find many fans of the sport. Luckily for us, many Koreans followed Hines Ward because of how good he was. He was a really great marketing tool for football in Korea. He was the reason many Koreans learned the difference between soccer and football. It’s funny to think there are still many people who don’t know the difference between them.
But we actually have national university football matches every year and 35 universities have their own football teams. There is also a national team in Korea but they have managed themselves without support from Korean Government. There are a lot of people who support them and cheer them.
So while football it not very popular in Korea, there are still people there who are crazy about it. I know, because I was one of them.
So why do I bring that all up? Well, a couple of weeks ago I got to experience the Football BC Senior Bowl. It brought back some old memories for me. I played football before, but I was a staff this time so I got to enjoy it in a different way.
Thanks to Football BC, I was at both the Senior Bowl camp and the game. It was a tough week but I really enjoyed it. The reason I said it was tough is because the weather wasn’t great and my job was mostly taking pictures of the players and coaches on the field. But, I’m sure it was harder for all the players and I could feel their passion for the game. It reminded me of my training when I did in high school.
For me, even with all the rain, it was an awesome week. Here’s how everything looked to me that week. My own personal Senior Bowl diary.
I want to call the first day of Senior Bowl ‘Picture day’ because I took a lot of pictures of players and coaches. These pictures are posted on Football BC’s Facebook and the Senior Bowl Program.
In the morning I went to the BC Lions Facility with Daniel and my first job was setting up the camera outside. Actually taking pictures of players is a real easy task but I was quite nervous because it was the first task of Senior Bowl for me. That’s why I wanted to put my best effort to do it. Thanks to all the players for being so cooperative!
I think the players are very lucky to have the Senior Bowl take place at the BC Lions Facility. They can meet their role models and they can use player’s changing room.
After lunch time, I edited some of the photos I took. Here are three of them:
I could really feel the passion of the players through these photos. I enjoyed taking pictures of them even in the rain.
On Wednesday, I filmed the Senior Bowl Draft. It looked like a real professional draft so I really enjoyed it. The two coaches picked from available players in the specific positions and then it was back to practice.
If you want to watch the whole video of draft, you can see at Football BC’s YouTube Page (http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialFootballBC)
On Thursday, it was back to picture taking but the big difference is the BC Lions players joined the camp and work with the players. It’s too bad I didn’t know them. but I’m sure they helped the kids physically and mentally. I really envied them.
Also, the Lions players gave their “Be More Than A Bystander” presentation. It taught the players to be good people off the field and to treat women with respect. After the presentation, they gave some souvenirs to the players. It’s great to see the BC Lions show CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).
Unfortunately, I couldn’t join the fourth day of camp because of school but I came back on Saturday for the game! It was my first football match in Canada. That’s why I was really excited at that time. My job was to be the photographer and take a lot of action photos. Here are some of my favourite pictures:
What do you think? Is it great? You can see more of the pictures on Football BC’s Facebook page at (http://www.facebook.com/footballbc)
Senior Bowl was an awesome experience for me! I hope it was for all the players too! I can’t wait for the next big event!