The 16th Annual Professional Football Camp will be held July 13-15 at John Venezia Community Park, located at Briargate Parkway and Union Boulevard. Once again, the camp will team up with current and former NFL athletes to provide a great experience for children.
The camp is designed for children from 7 to 14 years old.
Pro Football Camp, founded by longtime Pine Creek resident Teddi Domann, is a non-profit organization that prioritizes all children to attend despite financial situation through their scholarship program. From the start, the organization rewarded every young athlete who wished to participate in the camp, despite the financial difficulties that a family might experience.
The organization’s mission is to encourage and inspire young people to become the best athletes and people they can be, and for many, without the scholarship program, they would not be able to participate.
All camp participants, including fellows, learn basic football skills as well as character training and life lessons from current and former NFL athletes. The camp is designed to show young athletes the right attitudes and mindsets just like the pros. With the help of a kind partner and donors in the Colorado Springs area, Pro Football Camp has been able to provide scholarships to over 1,400 children to camp. In particular, the Colorado Institute of Sports Medicine, Classic Homes, Springs Dentistry, Hope Homes, Associates in Maxillofacial & Oral Surgery (AMOS) and Hope and Home, have graciously donated for several years, ensuring the continuity of the program and helping to many underserved. young people. Pro Football Camp is partnering with organizations such as Hope and Home, an organization that helps train and support host families and parents in the Colorado Springs area, to identify these underserved youth.
Other organizations that Pro Football Camp will be working with this year are Lutheran Family Services, El Paso County of Human Services, and Pueblo County of Human Services.
The Pro Football Camp scholarship program reaches out to more families and young athletes through partnerships with local organizations and offers disadvantaged young people the opportunity to take advantage of scholarships, a coaching experience of professional athletes and life lessons on and off the pitch. Pro Football Camp attendees learn good football skills from current and former NFL athletes and local Thunder Katz football professionals. They also learn the value of respect, leadership, and persistence, to name a few.
To apply for scholarships, participants show the Pro Football Camp what they love about football or what they want to learn at the camp. They can either write a short essay or draw a picture, depending on their age, and it shows the organization a bit about the personality of the recipients and how the camp will affect their lives.
One recipient wrote: âI played soccer, but I really want to play soccer insteadâ¦ I want to play on a team to learn how to be a team player because teams are friends and you can make them. trust.
Another recipient wrote: “I believe I can play football a lot better if I go to this camp and it will increase my chances of being on the high school football team, and I want to go to the NFL and join Kansas. City leadersâ¦ â
The goal of Pro Football Camp is to give these recipients the opportunity to experience the camp and acquire the skills and attitudes they need to be successful. In a speech at the Pro Football Camp golf tournament in 2014, Maverick Wilson, former Pro Football Camp participant and scholarship recipient, said: âThis is a great opportunity to be a part of this football camp, because not only does it teach you the basics of football. , but it teaches you how to be a great person off the pitch. Maverick goes on to say, “Thank you to the donors because without your help with my scholarship I would never have been able to participate in Pro Football Camp and give back to children who want to pursue their dreams.”
Maverick is just one of the hundreds of fellows who attended camp, excelled in high school football (he was even a team captain), and lived and learned life-changing lessons. Pro Football Camp was created to put young people in the great Colorado Springs community first and give back to young people. The organization successfully creates an experience every year that shows young athletes the foundational skills to be their best as athletes and the importance of developing character qualities to become an even better person. Providing scholarships to many participants shows how Pro Football Camp supports the community and encourages young athletes to work hard to achieve their dreams.
If you would like to apply for a scholarship or donate to help scholarship applicants, go to ProFootballCamp.com for more information.