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Jets Fest Keeping Kids Happy During Training Camp

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Football fans from near and far are making their way to Cortland for the New York Jets training camp, and that means lots of families to entertain. Tamara Lindstrom took a look at what kids can do to make the most of Jets Camp.

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Decked out in green and white, they might just be future members of the New York Jets or at least future fans.

"I'm a big Jets fan so I'm watching them play football practice," said 9-year old Hayle Murray.

"I live in California, so I don't really get to see Jets players, especially in real life," said 10-year-old Sebastian Wolf. "So it's cool."

The youngest visitors got a chance to run, pass and even tackle while the team was busy on the field.

"They're really enjoying it. Everyone here has been here since it first started," said Sarah Weissmann, a SUNY Cortland intern and Jets Fest supervisor. "It's been a great time. They're all having fun. Their parents are all having fun taking pictures."

"It's just a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Keeping them occupied," said intern John Althoff.

Jets Fest starts at 9 a.m. every day and runs through practice. And while the attractions and games are just for the kids, it lets the parents have a little fun, too.

"If the kids are here enjoying themselves, playing and getting a little tired out, once they want to sit and watch football for awhile their kids will be more exhausted than anything and they'll be able to watch the players and enjoy," Weissmann said.

The first 100 kids to sign up for Kids Club each day get a special spot in the autograph line, giving them a close-up look at this year's team.

"We're doing a thing where we guess who's making the Jets team and then we're going to check the rosters to see if we got any right," Wolf said.

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