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Manning Passing Academy helps boost economy in SE La.

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Attendees arrive for the Manning Passing Academy football camp Attendees arrive for the Manning Passing Academy football camp
Thibodaux, La. -

High school boys from across the country converge on Thibodaux for the Manning Passing Academy. While the boys are boosting their football skills, their families are giving the local economy a boost.

Each summer the lunchtime traffic in Thibodaux gets a little busier.  

Douglass Swanner owns Bubba's II restaurant and lounge. He said, "All of the people, they are coming in and visiting, hoping to see Archie and Peyton and Eli."

A few more out of state plates show up. Swanner said, "It will be crazy in here by tonight [with] parents dropping the kids off and then coming over here."

Robin Smith is in from Baton Rouge. He told us, "My oldest son came to the lineman's academy and we stopped here both years." Now his younger brother is coming to the Manning Academy.

Sherrie Neumeier said, "We enjoy the sweet tea and fried catfish, that's what we are always looking forward to."

Swanner is excited to welcome the players that come to Nicholls State University for the football camp. He said, "You know, we do a good job all year long. We are steady and stuff like that. But when they come to town, summertime is usually a slow time."

Players and coaches account for nearly 1,500 people, representing almost every state. There are even more when you add in moms, dads and siblings hanging out along Bayou Lafourche.

This restaurant is keeping track and their map is already filling up on this first day with people as far away as Idaho and Hawaii.

"The kids bring their families. It's a great thing for everybody here in the community," said Swanner.

Jim Neumeier said, "We bring everybody down. We go back and forth between New Orleans and Houma and Thibodaux."

Jim and Sherrie Neumeier are bringing their son Sam from St. Louis to the football camp for the second time.

Sam Neumeier said, "It's nice to hear what they have to say about their experience in the pros and college football and stuff like that."

Sherrie Neumeier said, "It's just amazing how they bring so many boys from all over the country together. It's highly organized and it's just amazing, it gets us excited for football season." 

The Neumeiers' daughter, Hannah, gets a vacation. She said, "We went to the French Quarter yesterday, which I really liked and it's fun to see lots of different people and talk to them."

There are plenty of benefits for the Neumeiers and many families like them, passing from the camp onto the city of Thibodaux and the entire region.

Parents and students were treated to an opening reception Thursday afternoon in the Nicholls State Union Ballroom, with local music and vendors as well as food from many local restaurants.

The camp runs from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14.

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