Inclusion Camp

Posted: November 10, 2016 in 2016 Events & Posts

On Saturday, September 24, 2016 I had the privilege of participating with the NFLPA Former Players Houston Chapter to conduct a Free Inclusion Football Camp. The camp included kids with disabilities and non-disabled kids side by side having football fun.

The best part was giving the kids an opportunity to come out and compete which is at the heart of all athletes.  When interacting with the campers I was able to get a sense that most kids with disabilities under normal conditions do not get to participate in athletic camps. Typically kids with disabilities get no love from athletic camp organizers.  This event made me realize how important it is to use my platform to reach out within areas of our community that are often overlooked.

Some kids needed assistance navigating the cones while others were not able to really understand the concepts of agility. No problem at all. We, the Camp Coaches, got right in there and guided them through the courses.

Only at the end of the camp was I able to realize the depth of the affect we were having. At the conclusion of the event as I spoke with parents listening as they communicated their appreciation and gratitude regarding how we engaged and coached their kids.

Although no one cried or handed us a bouquet of rose it was very evident that we made more than a fitness and health impact but impacted hearts and minds.

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