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  • People are often surprised when they find out there’s a sewing class at 4th and 1 Football Camp. They’re downright shocked when I tell them it’s one of our most popular classes (second only to our daily yoga practice).

    Now, I’m not saying there’s not a snicker or two from our football players when they enter a room full of sewing machines. But then, Mrs. Roberts, our sewing instructor, shows them what it is they will be making. Our football players receive their pieces of cloth and a spool of string. And suddenly, everybody can't wait to get sewing.
    "Don't touch the sewing machines just yet," Mrs. Roberts says. "Listen carefully to my instructions first."

    What is it, exactly, that inspires a bunch of high school football players to embrace sewing? Perhaps it’s just the simple pleasure of making something useful with little more than a collection of raw materials and your own two hands.

    At the end of the sewing class, there’s an air of celebration. Everyone wants to have their picture taken with their freshly completed projects.

    “I made this myself,” one of our students says to me. “I didn’t buy it at a store.”

    (recording and photo by The Recollective)
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