Chance at attending Ryan's camp too good to 'pass' up


East Coweta freshman Sean Helmeczy poses with Atlanta Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan during his camp last Saturday at Centennial High in Roswell. Helmenczy won a contest to attend the camp. 

East Coweta rising freshman Sean Helmeczy has a passion for football.

It’s a game he has loved since he began playing as a 5-year-old.

Since first strapping on the chinstrap nine years ago, he has played several different positions, including outside linebacker, safety and wide receiver.

But he’s never caught quite a pass from an NFL All-Pro prior to last Saturday.

Helmeczy got a chance to catch passes from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan after winning a radio-station promotion for free admission to his summer football camp last Saturday at Centennial High School in Roswell.

“I entered him the contest, and then just sort of forgot about it,” said Sean’s mother, Michelle Helmeczy. “When they called us and told us he had won, he was really excited.”

Helmeczy was excited to meet the man who lines up under center each Sunday for the Falcons.

“I have always been a Falcon fan, and have been a Matt Ryan fan,” he said. “It was nice to get to go to his camp and get to meet him.”

Michelle was impressed with the way one of the team’s most popular players interacted with all the campers.

“He made sure he spent time with each camper,” she said. “They had the kids divided into different ages, and he was great with all the kids, but I think he really enjoyed the older kids.”

Helmeczy and the other campers were able to play in some scrimmages, and even though the future East Coweta football players is not a quarterback by trade, he showed off his arm by completing two 70-yard passes.

That was the highlight of his trip.

He also said Ryan inspired the campers.

“I have played football for a long time, so I already knew a lot of the basic things he was talking about, but it was good to hear share some things.”

Helmeczy, who played for East Coweta Middle School last year, left the camp with an autographed football, and lots of good memories.

“This is probably one of the most exciting things that has happened to me,” he said of winning the contest.

Helmeczy is busy gearing up for his first year of varsity football while participating in summer workouts.

“We are weights lifting right now and doing some drills,” he said. “I am looking forward to the season.”

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