- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Sometimes teams break up the monotony of organized team activities with games of softball or a cookout, but Jason Garrett chose a different way for the Cowboys on Thursday.
The team hosted Dallas Cowboys U, a football camp for 160 kids from across the area that allowed players to coach the players in a seven-on-seven-tournament. Jason Witten's team won the championship over Doug Free's team.
Garrett has run a similar camp at Princeton through his foundation for years.
“We think it’s good to do for a lot of different reasons, the chemistry and camaraderie on our football team first and foremost, but then to reach out to the community,” Garrett said. “Get these very deserving kids to have a day they will never forget, interact with our players, have a fun day, teach them about football and maybe teach them about some life skills as well. We think it’s a win-win for everybody.”
In addition to Witten and Free, Tony Romo, Gerald Sensabaugh, Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Sean Lee and Miles Austin served as head coaches and a draft was held Thursday morning to assemble the assistant coaches through the rest of the roster.
“Jason has a great sense of understanding that when much is given, much is expected and I think he wants to give back to the community and give back to some people who at different times can use it,” Romo said. “It’s a great way to get out there not just for the kids but also our football team. It was great to see.”
During the championship game, Austin taught players the finer points of route running and Ware worked with pass rushers.
“Hopefully it’s four hours that changes their lives,” Witten said.
With some of the catches made there might have been some future Cowboys on hand.
“You know what’s interesting, often times we have when we have any kind of evaluation of players, be it Dallas Day or a workout we do something called 'one liners,'” Garrett said. “Hey, get a one-liner on these guys and all of our coaches within the first 30 minutes of being out here were like, ‘When are the one-liners due?’ I said hold off on that, but I’ll tell you what there were some good players out here and there were some plays being made in the red zone.”