‘I Got Skillz’ Camp Teaches Football, Life Lessons
By Declan Clifford // July 31, 2013
NFL, Parisi Speed School Sponsor camp
ABOVE VIDEO: The 15th annual NFL Play 60 FUNdamentals camp, “I Got Skillz”, attracted over 150 participants as former NFL players, current college players, and high school all-stars contributed their time by helping kids build character and sportsmanship through the football drills and training.
STORY, IMAGES & VIDEO BY DECLAN CLIFFORD
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – This year’s 15th Annual NFL Play 60 FUNdamentals camp held Saturday afternoon attracted over 150 participants.
The “I Got Skillz” event organized by Michael Cadore, Rockledge Youth Football President, was coordinated by former NFL players, current college athletes, and high school all-stars. The tradition of character building and sportsmanship was continued through the football fundamental drills and training.
Teaming up with the NFL, USA Football, Parisi Speed school, and other local sponsors they were able to host the camp free of charge to participants and give each kid free lunch and a T-shirt.
“The beautiful thing about this camp is that not only are the kids having fun, but at every station they receive life lessons about the importance of education, staying out of trouble, and maintaining respect in the community,” said Cadore.
Josh Bourne, Coordinator of the 7-on-7 exposure team for local high school athletes and a great supporter and donor to the youth leagues, is helping local youth get onto the “recruiting radar” through his team as well as working to help “connect youth leagues to high schools,” ultimately providing a platform for the athletes to get college scholarships.
Also in attendance at the camp was Parisi Speed School, which is recognized as one of the country’s premiere athletic performance enhancement organizations for youth athletics.
Manny Lherisse owner of the local Parise School was invited out to take part in the speed and agility training.
“It’s not just speed training, but character development with a focus on things like integrity, honesty, teamwork, and things of that nature,” said Lherisse.
The high level of energy and excitement from the kids and coaches alike was easy to spot. It’s safe to say there is a large level of support and no shortage of devoted patrons who are giving back to the community through football. This was the 15th annual camp and with continued sense of tradition is likely to be a continued part of community involvement and positive encouragement for years to come.
FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT CADORE AT firstname.lastname@example.org or visit USAFootball.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Declan Clifford is a third year student at the University of Central Florida in the Digital Media program. He is an enthusiast of all things digital, with a drive for creating a name for himself. Raised in Satellite Beach, Clifford is a frequent beach-goer who loves surfing and is an avid sports fan. He likes to think outside the box and pursue new and interesting ways of education through experience.