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Former Utah Ute standouts hope to give back to the community through one-day camp for a great cause

Published: Monday, July 15 2013 1:35 p.m. MDT

Utah's Christian Cox recovers a fumble as the University of Utah defeats Colorado State on Oct. 23, 2010, in Salt Lake City.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

HOLLADAY — Bradon Godfrey, Christian Cox and Mike Wright feel they were given a lot by their local community and are now working to give back.

The three former Utah Ute standouts founded the Cancer Combine, which will be held July 20 at Olympus High School. The one-day camp is modeled after the NFL Combine and is designed for athletes to test their overall speed, agility and power.

All proceeds of the camp will go to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit charity whose mission is to eradicate children’s cancer.

“We want to do something for the kids who may never have the chance to play football or experience a lot of the things many of us take for granted,” Godfrey said. “We just want to give back and help out a great cause. We were all so privileged to have the opportunities we did to play football and benefit from it, and we want to help kids benefit the same way.”

Camp participants will be timed and measured in five events; 40-yard dash, pro agility shuttle, broad jump, vertical jump and bench press. Those ages 8-14 will be measured with push-ups.

“Our hope is to help let them know where they’re at as athletes, teach them what we can and have them return and improve on everything,” Godfrey said. “We’ll also have a national recruiting coordinator there to educate the kids on important steps they need to take to help prepare themselves and promote themselves to college programs.”

All times and measurements will be sent to all the local college programs.

Godfrey, Cox and Wright all earned scholarships to Southern Utah out of high school before walking on at Utah. All three enjoyed great success and played key roles in helping Utah to its undefeated 2008 season and Sugar Bowl win over Alabama.

“When you’re giving everything you have to football, you form a special bond that will last, I believe, for the rest of our lives,” Cox said. “So when Brandon, who has really done the most work in putting this thing together, approaches you to help, you just help. I know that Mike feels the same, and it’s not just us. We’ll have many former players, like Matt Martinez and Chaz Walker, there willing to give their time to help their former teammates and rally around the same cause. That’s what we built playing at Utah.”

Information on the camp and how to register can be found at sportsrevolution.com or by calling 801-721-3387.

Email: bgurney@desnews.com

Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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