NFL Foundation Kicks Off Summer with nearly $700,000 in Grants to Youth Football Camps

More than 220 Current and Former NFL Players and Coaches Received Grants to Host Camps

June 27, 2013 — The National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) is kicking off summer by supporting 221 football camps through its Youth Football Camp Grant Program. Nearly $700,000 has been awarded to support current and former NFL players and coaches hosting camps for children across the country.

These are free, non-contact football camps for children ages 5-18 that focus on teaching proper technique and sportsmanship. All camp coaches must complete an online education course with instruction on injury prevention, including heat and hydration.

Among the recipients, nearly 70 current and former NFL players and coaches are working with USA Football to host FUNdamentals camps this summer. The players and coaches applied for FUNdamentals camp grants which allow them to organize camps with the support of USA Football. All drills run at FUNdamentals camps are based on USA Football’s Player Progression Development Model, which ensures that participants receive training appropriate for their age. The USA Football FUNdamentals program is an official program of NFL PLAY 60 – the NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes every day.

“The NFL Foundation is pleased to support the hundreds of current and former NFL players and coaches who are taking time out of their schedules to host youth football camps,” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, NFL Foundation chairman and executive vice president of the Dallas Cowboys. “The camps offer children a way to learn the basics of football in a safe and fun environment while encouraging them to be active.”

In addition to providing children with a chance to have fun and learn new skills, some camps supported by grants from the NFL Foundation offer unique services and opportunities to the campers: JERRAURD POWERS (ARIZONA CARDINALS) has arranged for campers to receive free eye exams; MALCOLM JENKINS (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS) is organizing information sessions on youth sports safety for parents and guardians of participating campers; former player DONOVIN DARIUS invited fathers and their children to participate in the camp to allow them to create memories in a fun, active way; and TYLER POLUMBUS (WASHINGTON REDSKINS) hosted a camp for children with special needs that was tailored to allow every camper to participate in the drills.

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