Videos score at football camps Company focuses on fun kids have meeting Redskins

January 08, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

A few years back, Donna Biemiller didn't even think about watching a Washington Redskins football game.

The Westminster resident would be the first to tell you she didn't know the difference between a field goal and a touchdown.

But when the Redskins take to the field tomorrow against the 49ers, Biemiller will be tuned in.

She'll be cheering on Art Monk and other Redskins when they score a touchdown, barking at the screen when they make a bad play.

If it sounds as if she knows them personally, it's because she does.

Biemiller owns Odyssey Productions, a Westminster-based outfit that videotapes special occasions.

One such occasion is the Art Monk football Camp at Western Maryland College, of which she has taped the past three in conjunction with Sports International.

During a one-week camp, Biemiller and her camera cover 50 hours of football fun. She then chops it down to an hourlong video for the kids to enjoy and share their experiences.

"The fun thing about the camp is not only meeting the pros and getting to know them on a personal level, but also seeing how much the kids enjoy the players and camp," Biemiller said.

"The kids really love the tapes, too. Parents drop the kids off and then pick them up a week later and the kids can just tell them about their week. But with the tapes, they can share the actual experience."

Experiences such as inviting Art Monk to their dorm room for a pizza party, listening to countless stories from Charles Mann (Biemiller says he can go all day telling his favorite football stories) or asking their idols their favorite questions.

"The three questions most asked are: 'What kind of car do you drive?' 'How big's your house?' and 'Show us your muscles,' " Biemiller said.

In the past, the tapes cost $35 each. Next summer, the tape will be included in the cost of the camp.

Odyssey Productions also has taped the Chip Lohmiller Kicking Camp and plans to expand its dealings with Sports International -- a Burtonsville-based company that runs a number of youth football camps throughout the United States.

"She's a top-of-the-line person who does a professional job," said Chuck Bollweg, executive director of Sports International.

"She's really done a lot for the program, and from the start we found she was a very special person. She has a very warm and friendly personality, and that's important working with these youth camps."

This year, Biemiller will be contracted to do the football camps presented by Jay Novacek and Mike Saxon in Dallas and by Merril Hoge and Gary Anderson in Pittsburgh.

"The fun part of the camps is hanging out and capturing what goes on, but the challenge of it all is making it into a story that people will enjoy," Biemiller said.

bTC What started as a hobby has flourished into a full-time business for Biemiller. Odyssey Productions also tapes high school video yearbooks, weddings and graduations.

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