NFL Foundation Awards $750,000 in Grants for Youth Football Camps

252 Current and Former NFL Players and Coaches Received Grants to Host Camps

The National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) kicked off its summer by granting $750,000 to 252 football camps through its Youth Football Camp Program. The camps are hosted by current and former NFL players and coaches for children across the country.

To qualify for a grant, the football camp must be a free, non-contact camp for children ages 5-18 with a focus on teaching proper technique and sportsmanship. All camp coaches must complete Coach Smart, an online education course with instruction on injury prevention, concussion awareness, and heat and hydration tips.

Among the recipients, 72 current and former NFL players and coaches are working with USA Football to host FUNdamentals camps this summer. 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 proud to support hundreds of current and former NFL players and coaches who are making an impact in their communities by hosting youth football camps,” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, NFL Foundation chair and executive vice president of the Dallas Cowboys. “These camps provide children with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of football in a positive and enjoyable environment that encourages physical activity.”

In addition to providing children a chance to have fun and develop new skills, some camps supported by NFL Foundation grants offer unique opportunities for the campers: Former coach DARON ROBERTS is providing a six-day intensive camp where athletes will receive football training and SAT/ACT tutoring from business leaders and college admissions staff; former player ERIC DICKERSON is basing his two-day camp around teaching the fundamentals of team building through sport; ROY MILLER (JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS) will host a camp near the Fort Hood military base in Texas for more than 400 children; and former player MARCUS STROUD has invited medical specialists to his Sacking Obesity camp to promote overall health and fitness.

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