Braxton Miller's passion for interacting with young athletes was evident July 13 and 14 at Worthington Kilbourne High School.

Braxton Miller's passion for interacting with young athletes was evident July 13 and 14 at Worthington Kilbourne High School.

The Braxton Miller Football ProCamp was open to boys and girls in first through eighth grade.

As Miller went from station to station, the former Ohio State standout and recent NFL draft pick offered instruction while also taking photos and videos with his cellphone and playing catch with campers.

While Miller is closing in on his rookie season with the Houston Texans, he said the goal for the campers was for them to have fun. About 200 campers participated.

"It's just a game," Miller said. "At the end of the day, they have to have fun with it. I'm going to show them my aspects of football and how I like to play the game."

Miller was assisted by several camp instructors, who included area high school coaches.

Campers visited various stations specializing in fundamental skills and participated in games and contests. Campers were placed in small groups by age to ensure each received instruction, and each received an autographed item from Miller, a camp team photo and a camp T-shirt.

Miller, who was raised in Springfield and graduated from Huber Heights Wayne in 2010, said he did not have a chance to participate in this type of youth camp. That motivated him to give back to the community where he played collegiately.

"That's a major thing," Miller said. "Playing sports, it's been a blessing to have young kids like that look up to you as a role model and how to (learn) the game from someone like me. It's a lovely thing. I'd love to do these things every year."

Former Ohio State assistant coach and Ohio Dominican head coach Bill Conley helped Miller run the event, offering encouragement and tips and directing campers from station to station.

The event was about more than football, because a player like Miller can be an inspiration for young athletes on and off the field.

"The one thing great about Braxton Miller and it's typical of the Buckeyes, they love to give back to the community," Conley said. "They've been the heroes of these little kids throughout their college careers and they'll be following them as they go into the NFL, so it's really important."

For Jackson Carawan, who will be entering seventh grade at Davis Middle School in Dublin, the camp provided a chance to learn from established coaches and a player he admires.

"This is good exposure and seeing Braxton out here is pretty cool," Carawan said. "I'm a big Buckeye fan. I want to learn a little bit more of football and the feel of it because football season is coming up."

Miller was a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback before injuring his right throwing shoulder, forcing him to sit out the 2014 season and switch to wide receiver when he returned in 2015.

Houston selected him in the third round of the NFL draft in April. He was the 85th overall pick.

"Things are going well," Miller said. "I'm still learning. The playbook is my best friend. We hang out every day. I just want to get better every day with the knowledge of the game and just be the best I can be."

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