​​          Finally, for the Domann brothers, they have the unique perspective of being not only former campers and current players, but also of being the sons of Teddi and Craig Domann, the founders of Pro Football Camp. Elder brother JoJo is a safety for the University of Nebraska, while Brock is currently the starting quarterback at Ventura College. Given their connection to the NFL players outside the boundaries of camp (father Craig is the agent of the NFL players who coach at camp), they have an even better understanding of the work that goes into creating and maintaining a successful NFL career.
             For JoJo, he says that his biggest takeaway from camp and being around the NFL athletes was that seeing a “NFL player that makes millions of dollars to play the game they love, [and] that are so much bigger than you, can be intimidating. But becoming friends with them, receiving coaching from them, realizing they’re just like the rest of us, and the difference is they just worked for their dreams, is very encouraging.” He believes that this emphasis on hard work and dedication from the pros helps campers to “believe in [themselves] and [their] dreams,” whether in the game or not. This message has helped JoJo remain optimistic in rehabbing from two serious knee injuries, and in continuing to play for Nebraska, despite the bad injury luck.  
           Brock, operating on the same wavelength as his brother, notes that his biggest takeaway from camp is that “the person who is never outworked, who works the hardest, is the one who makes it and walks away with the job at the end of the day.” As a QB, he understands the importance of “using football as a metaphor for life” in teaching young campers better than anyone. “As a QB, my job is to communicate with the other players, make sure everyone is in the right spot at the right time, and be prepared for every situation. But it doesn’t have to be football, everything I learned from camp applies to life, whether it’s communicating with my family, friends, and teachers or being prepared for school.” When campers are able to look past the football applications of the NFL athletes’ lessons and apply them to life, they gain the ability to handle any situation.

Eric Warfield, former Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback, poses for a picture with a few scholarship recipients.  Many kids like these get to experience camp through the generosity of businesses and individuals to the Pro Football Camp scholarship program.

​When You Give, You Get The Biggest Reward—
After All, It’s Always Better To Give Than To Recieve

Friday, May 18th, 2018 3:40 P.M. written by Ryan Taylor

        One of the Pro Football Camp’s most fundamental beliefs is that we are stronger together, with the support of not only our professional athletes, our campers, and their families, but also of the Colorado Springs community. PFC was founded as a community event. For PFC to operate, it requires volunteers from the community, donations for the scholarship program, and support from the business community.
        The Colorado Springs community has helped to support Pro Football Camp financially. Colorado Institute of Sports Medicine Physical Therapy provides significant financial support that enables the camp to be priced so competitively. Additionally, a number of businesses host fundraisers benefitting the PFC. Among these businesses are Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Grill, Marco’s Pizza, and Brass Tap—each of whom hosted a fundraiser in April. These fundraisers are helping to ensure Pro Football Camp’s scholarship program can give every kid—especially underserved kids who otherwise could not attend—who wants to attend camp the ability to do just that.

       When asked about his favorite camp memories, Terrell was quick to say, “My favorite thing about the Pro Football Camp was the scrimmage day. You got to meet different people from different backgrounds all over town, but all that really mattered was your ability to play. It was one of the few times where I felt like I was on a level playing field.” Unquestionably, Terrell Jennings can compete at a high level due to his natural talent, but his hard work, dedication, character and other off-the-field lessons that he learned as a scholarship camper at the Pro Football Camp, have been part of his journey to hard-earned success.
      As the then 7th-grade Terrell Jennings wrote, “My love for this wonderful game is ever-lasting. Football has also taught me many things. Maybe the most important side of football is that it can help me be a better person later in life.”Terrell is not the only Pro Football Camp alumni playing college football.  JoJo Domann plays for the University of Nebraska, Tommy Lazarro is the quarterback for Central Michigan. Peter Isais and Collin Willis are preferred walk-ons at University of North Dakota State and Troy University, respectively.  Kacin Nowlin plays for Western University and Brock Domann is slated as the starting QB at Ventura College.  ​​

      For those kids who may be dreaming of following in Terrell’s footsteps, but lack the means to attend camp, applying for a scholarship to attend the Pro Football Camp can provide an invaluable opportunity to shape their path as an athlete, or simply be an experience that will build character under the mentorship of the pros, all while having fun and making new friends.

Pro Football Camp Welcomes an Incredible Coaching Staff of NFL Athletes to the 2019 Camp

Monday, July 1st, 2019 1:32 P.M. Written By: Greg Wiedeman

Providing Opportunities to Every Kid, Not Just Those That Can Afford It

Michael Lehan sharing with campers during an “Off the Field with the Pros” session, in which NFL athletes share their stories to shape character traits such as perseverance and respect.​

Impact on Colorado Springs Youth Athletes is Extraordinary Due to Incredible Volunteers

​Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 2:37 P.M. Written By: Greg Wiedeman

​​          Kacin Nowlin, LB, brings an unmatched level of experience with the Pro Football Camp from all levels, having not only attended camp as a kid and volunteered alongside the rest of these players during their high school years, but also interning with the Pro Football Camp for a summer during college. He did so to work towards the fulfillment of his Sports Management and Business Administration degrees from Western State, in Colorado, but also as a way to give back to the camp that helped teach him how to approach life off the field. Kacin said that the emphasis of the pros and the camp on teaching integrity helped to “[give] me the foundation to be able to pursue the next level. Without the resources that I have been provided throughout the years, I don't think I'd be where I am, or the man I am today.”

          Throughout his interview, Kacin made sure to emphasize that his favorite lesson from the Pro Football Camp was being a man of integrity—right until the interview was ended by the sudden arrival of Terrell, Collin, Peter, JoJo, and Brock. The six alumni had not planned to meet up that day, but their run-in prompted a mini-reunion and reflection on how their lives have been influenced by Pro Football Camp. Years after they last attended camp together, the old friends were still closely connected and drawn together by the ties that bind and were created at the Pro Football Camp and from playing football together.

Michael Lehan encouraging campers at Pro Football Camp in 2017

The Lasting Impact of Pro Football Camp​​

Alumnus Terrell Jennings Reflects On His Memories

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 1:40 P.M. written by Ryan Taylor

        “Pro Football Camp is what made me fall in love with competition. If you’re fighting and competing with a level head, that’s how you get better,” says former camper Terrell Jennings after reflecting on his years at Pro Football Camp. Terrell noted that he learned many of the traits that allowed him to rise from the JUCO level and get a scholarship at the University of North Dakota at PFC.
        The present-day 2018 Terrell Jennings sounds remarkably like the 7th grade Terrell Jennings, who in his 2012 scholarship application wrote, “The game of football has taught me many things. Maybe one of the main things I learned is that hard work will pay off…you get out what you put in.” In the last six years, Terrell has relied on football as a valuable learning opportunity, and attending PFC is what allowed him to initially view the sport as more than just a game.

        As Terrell attended PFC throughout his middle school years, having professional players as coaches and mentors was invaluable. For Terrell, “The best thing about having the pros at the camp is that they made me realize they’re just like us.” The close interactions with the players helped Terrell to better learn the lessons that the pros offered. Reminiscing on these lessons, Terrell remarked, “99% of success in this game is mental…it’s all about having the fire to compete…and [the players] taught me you have to put in the work and have the right mindset.” Terrell kept these lessons in mind as he excelled in football at Pine Creek High School, than Santa Barbara City College, and now during his transition to the next level—D1 college football.

​​​Why Is Pro Football Camp the Right Camp?

Thursday, June 28th, 2018 3:45 P.M. written by Ryan Taylor

          Pro Football Camp teaches participants not only proper and fundamentally correct football skills but also emphasizes the character that it takes off-the-field and the mindset that it requires both on- and off-the-field.  The hands-on coaching of the NFL athletes who come to coach the campers each year, is unlike any other youth football camp.  The attending athletes work to coach campers one-on-one in skills and drills, and speak to the entire camp during breaks, sharing the lessons they have learned over the course of their careers. These athletes include two-time Super Bowl champion Greg Scruggs, Texans LB Dylan Cole, Lions DB Mike Ford, Colts LS Luke Rhodes, and many others.  
          The Pro Football Camp begins each day with a warm-up stretching session led by sports training professionals. Then the NFL athletes speak to the campers in the first of the three daily “Off the Field with the Pros” sessions. In these breaks, the pro players teach the campers about the character traits, mindset and off-the-field behavior that leads to success. Among these traits, the athletes particularly focus on teaching the campers about integrity, dedication, perseverance and respect. These lessons are helpful because they give the campers the emotional and character tools necessary to success on- and off-the-field, whether the campers dream of pursuing football or not.
          In addition to the off-the-field lessons, the Pro Football Camp NFL athletes help to lead the campers in individual and team drills. These drills vary from day-to-day, as the camp rotates from offense on day one to defense on day two, and an all-out scrimmage day on the third and final day of camp. The campers split into teams based on age groups and play three games throughout the scrimmage day in a quick tournament. Throughout the week, the athletes directly coach campers in drills and share experiences from their playing days, offering an unparalleled football learning experience for the campers, who get to learn and perform the same drills that the pros do.     

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2017 Pro Football Camp Blog Posts and Stories 

    Despite having the opportunity to play rugby at the University of Oklahoma, Terrell chose to continue his football career, his true passion, even if it meant working through the JUCO level. He played one season at Santa Barbara City College and his outstanding play (26 TKL, 1FF, and 2 INT for 91 yards) caught the eye of the University of North Dakota. He earned a scholarship as a cornerback, and now continues to do what he loves.
        Recounting his work to get to his recent success, Terrell said he saw “so many kids who had the talent, but didn’t have the right mindset off the field.”  He continued, “Without hard work and doing your schoolwork and other stuff off-the-field, talent means nothing.” A key point of emphasis for Pro Football Camp’s “Off-the-Field with the Pros” sessions is to instill in campers the importance of schoolwork, in order to succeed as both a student and, in Terrell’s case, as an athlete.
        Reflecting on his scholarship application essay, Terrell reminisced on how “the scholarship application emphasized the importance of off-the-field work.” Along with the football skills taught by the pros, the focus on character development set Terrell up to stand out amongst other JUCO athletes. Clearly, the off-the-field lessons stuck with Terrell even after Pro Football Camp, enabling him to rise from JUCO football to Division I FCS football.

        For years, Scruggs has attended Pro Football Camp and served as a dynamic speaker who campers return year after year to listen to and learn from. Since his rookie year in the 2012-2013 season, Scruggs has attended camp every year from 2012 through this year’s 2018 Pro Football Camp, a total of 7 years. Scruggs has also remained close to Boys Hope Girls Hope and returns to Cincinnati frequently to mentor the children in BHGH houses in Cincinnati.
       When asked why he comes to the camp each year, the two-time Super Bowl champion says, “I look forward to making an impact on these kids’ lives because I know from personal experience that it really makes a difference. As a kid, I had a pro come and talk to me. He impacted my life so much that I wanted to make sure I came out here to do my part. I want to make an impression on their lives because I know how great a difference it makes."
         Finally, when asked about how he keeps himself humble in his day-to-day life, Scruggs said “Don’t downplay your accomplishments or achievements but don’t boast in them either. Trying to measure where you’re going based on where you’ve gone can leave you coming up short at times.” This perspective is something Scruggs emphasizes in speaking to the campers in Pro Football Camp’s “Off the Field with the Pros” sessions, so that they have lessons to help them deal with life beyond football, in addition to the football skills and drills the learn during the camp day.
        For parents looking for a camp to help mold their athletes into not only better football players, but also better people, consider signing up for the 2018 Pro Football Camp, running July 10th-12th, to take advantage of the on- and off-the-field coaching Scruggs and his fellow NFL players, active and retired, offer.”

        Growing up in a difficult situation surrounded by financial struggles and family problems, Chris Meeks’ story of success is nothing short of extraordinary.  Perhaps the greatest part of his story is his focus on giving back to the community now that he can.  Meeks’ inspiration to give back stems from looking back on his childhood and those who went out of their way to help him and his family through their struggles.  As he put it, “There were so many people who helped me throughout my life not wanting any accolades or recognition, they were just there to help our family.”  Chris Meeks has channeled this appreciation into his own generosity towards the community, and in particular, Pro Football Camp.

        For 14 years Pro Football Camp has provided a unique experience for 3,379 young athletes in the Colorado Springs area.  With NFL athletes teaching skills for application both on- and off-the-field, the learning opportunities for these campers are invaluable.  One of Pro Football Camp’s pillars is providing all kids the opportunity to attend, not just those that can afford it.  It is because of generous donations from partners and individuals, in the community that Pro Football Camp keeps the camp price low and provides scholarships for individuals who qualify.  Chris is one of those donors. He feels a great calling to give back to the community because of those who helped him as he was growing up.
        As mentioned earlier, Chris grew up in a tough situation.  He spent time in foster care before reconnecting with his mother, and even then, there was financial hardship that set him back as a kid.  He, his mother, and her husband moved to Colorado Springs from Jacksonville, FL, when Chris was 11 years old for a fresh start.  However, the hardships continued both financially and within the family. They relied on church organizations and other people to help them and Meeks’ relationship with his mother’s husband became abusive.  Throughout his childhood, he didn’t have the opportunities that other kids had, as many other factors hindered those opportunities.  However, Chris doesn’t focus on looking back on what he missed out on.  Instead, he is extremely thankful for all the people that helped his family.  Through their generosity, Chris developed a strong sense of compassion that lives with him today.

        No matter one’s financial situation, Pro Football Camp believes every child should have the opportunity to pursue their interests and dreams. Thanks to generous donations from local businesses, Pro Football Camp offers scholarships to kids ages 7 – 14 years old that may not be able to afford the cost of attending camp.  “At Pro Football Camp,” explains Assistant Executive Director Heidi Welge, “We want all young athletes to have the opportunity to learn from current and former NFL athletes that teach them skills both on- and off-the-field.”
The sponsorship program at Pro Football Camp provides partial and full scholarships to attend Pro Football Camp based on need.  Over the 13-year history of the camp, more than 1,350 young athletes have benefitted from the scholarship program!  “Without the help of partners and donors, those 1,350 kids wouldn’t have the opportunity to grow as athletes and individuals by attending camp,” noted Welge.

        As Lorne “Mac” MacDonald, physical therapist and owner of Colorado Institute of Sports Medicine, pointed out, “That’s probably the biggest thing for the camp, is making sure everyone has the opportunity to come. I didn’t have that kind of opportunity when I was a kid.”  A large portion of the scholarship recipients come from Pro Football Camp’s outreach to local organizations such as Hope & Home, school districts, Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA’s, but still many come from all over the Colorado Springs area having heard about Pro Football Camp.

 At last year’s Pro Football Camp, Michael Lehan, speaking to the campers said, “It’s an inspiration for me to come back and see the young faces, because as I look at each of you, I see a reflection of myself.”  While Lehan was in part referring to the campers’ dedication in skills and drills, he was also recognizing the campers’ off-the-field character development over the course of camp.  This character development occurs during Pro Football Camp’s “Off the Field with the Pros” sessions, where Lehan and his fellow NFL athletes teach the campers about respect, dedication, perseverance and integrity, among other traits. 
        Growing up, Lehan was a foster child, and was forced to overcome the challenges accompanying that life.  Specifically, he notes that his greatest fear as a foster child was the fear of being rejected.  That fear was something that he carried with him over the years, even during his career as an NFL cornerback for the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins.  He worked with foster care groups throughout his career and feels a calling to give back to the kids going through what he went through.  As Lehan states, “My main goal when I meet with other foster kids is to help them realize that they have a lot of potential, they can accomplish anything that they put their mind to and that they are not alone.”  Since Lehan’s first time coming to Pro Football Camp in 2007, he has gotten involved with Hope & Home, a Colorado-based foster care and child placement agency because he wanted to help other foster kids be free from that fear of abandonment with his regular presence and involvement in their lives. 
        Hope and Home is a non-profit dynamic child placement agency whose purpose is making sure children in foster care are nurtured and truly cared for, and where the foster parents who give these children a home can do so with a level of friendly, professional support not found anywhere else.  They have a pledge to only accept first-rate foster parents who believe that no child should ever feel less than loved.  After 18 years of fostering children they have helped more than 300 children become happily adopted and they are just getting started. 

        Ross Wright, CEO, Hope & Home said, “It’s rare that kids in foster care are able to hear directly from someone in a position of influence who was once in their shoes.  Michael Lehan is such an inspiration to our kids because he can look at them and say, ‘I know how you feel.  I’ve been where you are.’  It’s an incredible opportunity for kids who often feel marginalized and forgotten to know that, even though the odds are stacked against them, they can still grow up to do amazing things.  Pro Football Camp gives kids the incredible opportunity to not only learn football skills, but also life skills from athletes they admire.”  
         Lehan has worked with Hope & Home for nearly a decade, working with the foster children and helping to inspire them as an example of how they could overcome the same circumstances he faced as a kid.  After all, Lehan beat the incredible odds stacked against him to become a NFL cornerback.  He always knew that he wanted to be able to give back to kids and inspire them.  His work throughout and after his NFL career reflects his dedication to helping kids overcome problems large and small, always inspiring kids in their pursuit of success. 
         Lehan’s story highlights that every camper has a shot to make it in the NFL, and his support helps to boost their chances of making it.  Though the odds of making it to the NFL aren’t favorable, it is worth remembering that every NFL player started out with those slim odds as well.  This year, Lehan returns to Colorado Springs to coach at Pro Football Camp July 9-11 at Vista Ridge High School from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., as well as visit with local foster children at Hope & Home. 

Volunteer helping a participant in a drill.  The volunteers at Pro Football Camp go out of their way to make sure each participant is enjoying their experience.

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How Chris Meeks’s Astonishing Story has Driven his Contributions to the Community

Monday, June 11th, 2019 1:10 P.M. Written by: Greg Wiedeman

        "It's fun. My son was so inspired by the coaches and the Pros. He woke me up early every morning eager to get to camp. It's like he was 'thirsty' for this kind of leadership in sports. He is a better athlete and most importantly a better person because of this camp." - Ceci Anderson, Parent
          “Sign your child up because this camp not only teaches correct football skills, but also teaches great life lessons. That no matter where they come from they should set their goals high and dream big because they can make it into the NFL too.” – Karen, parent
           Maverick Wilson is a great example of a scholarship recipient who benefitted greatly from Pro Football Camp. Maverick went to the camp for four straight years and eventually became a volunteer for Pro Football Camp. “Pro Football Camp has made an enormous impact on my life. It taught me all the fundamentals that I used on my high school football team. Pro Football Camp has also taught me the characteristic skills to be a successful team leader like integrity, respect and perseverance.” - Maverick Wilson
            For the past 11 years, the Pro Football Camp featuring NFL players has created an amazing, motivational experience for kids in the Colorado Springs area. If a parent is looking for a fun, inspirational camp that teaches the game of football as well as life lessons, this is the camp to be at!

Robert Thomas
        Robert Thomas is a defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills.  He played college football at the University of Arkansas before signing with the Washington Redskins in May of 2014.  He spent time with a few different teams and is now a Buffalo Bill.  Thomas brings an incredible story of success from his humble beginnings as well as experience in the trenches in the NFL.  This will be his third year coaching at Pro Football Camp.
Devine Ozigbo
        Devine Ozigbo is entering is rookie season as a running back for the New Orleans Saints.  He was a standout at the University of Nebraska, tallying 1,082 rushing yards in his senior season while averaging 7.0 Yards Per Carry.  He looks to complement the explosive Alvin Kamara in the Saints’ backfield.  Pro Football Camp is ecstatic to welcome Ozigbo as a coach for the first year!
Dylan Cole
        Dylan Cole is a linebacker for the Houston Texans.  He was a standout for the Missouri State Bears and signed with the Texans in May of 2017.  A strong contributor on the Texans, he looks to rebound with a strong year after struggling with a wrist injury last season.  Dylan has a bright future ahead of him and looks forward to sharing his path to success with campers at Pro Football Camp.  This will be his third year at Pro Football Camp.

​Ken Blackman
        Ken Blackman was an offensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals.  Blackman was drafted in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft after a successful career at the University of Illinois.  He started 31 games in his three-year stint with the Bengals before a knee injury disrupted his career.  Blackman is now volunteering as a track and football coach in his hometown of Monmouth, Illinois.  He is looking forward to coaching young athletes here in Colorado Springs and teaching them how to be competitors.  This is Blackman’s fourth year coming to coach at Pro Football Camp.

​Brian Folkerts
        Brian Folkerts played center for a few NFL teams, specifically the Carolina Panthers and the St. Louis and Los Angeles Rams.  He played his college ball at Washburn University, a small Div. II school in Topeka, KS.  He was a star at that level which lead him to a career in the NFL.  As a center, Folkerts has a very high football IQ that he can pass on to young campers.  He understands the game as well as anybody does.  This will be his seventh year coaching at Pro Football Camp.

        The volunteers for camp come in all shapes and sizes.  From NFL athletes to high schoolers to youth football coaches to former campers, once you have been a part of it, you want to return.  Volunteer Scott Gentle, when asked why he returns every year, said “That feeling of helping and seeing the kids smile.  Plus, working directly with people that have the same common goal of trying to make the kids better humans.”
        Many volunteers finish the week motivated by the impact they had on the young athletes.  However, the underlying reason why individuals volunteer at Pro Football Camp varies.  Some simply do it because they have a blast doing it, others like interacting with kids, and others see it as an opportunity to grow as an individual.  As one volunteer put it, “I think I do it for the kids but sometimes I think I do it for me.  I look at it as a mentoring opportunity to take what others have given me to become a better person to try and help some youth grow as well.”  Another volunteer shared “I played football in college, and rather than not using those skills, I can share them.  So, I come out here every year…  I come out for the kids more than anything.”  Regardless of their purpose in volunteering, their generosity is extremely valuable to the success of the camp.
        Not only are these volunteers generous, but they’re incredible at what they do.  Volunteers are committed to the mission of the camp -- to encourage and inspire youth to develop themselves into the very best athletes and people they can be -- and their energy on camp week proves that.  One parent of a camper said “It is extremely organized, and the quality of the younger volunteers is amazing.  They work hard and actually work with the kids.” 
        Another parent mentioned, “My son was very apprehensive about going to camp.  The staff/volunteers/coaches/pros really did a great job of making him feel successful!”  The biggest reason that the Pro Football Camp impacts kids is the quality of all of the volunteers and their level of engagement.  Without that, the camp wouldn’t be as special as it is.
        Volunteers contribute is various ways, not just interacting with kids.  The NFL athlete volunteers coach drills and scrimmages, sign autographs, and speak to the campers about different character traits.  Other volunteers such as local coaches and high school athletes assist the NFL athletes with their coaching, organize campers, assist with hydration, and other small tasks that ensure the success of the camp.  While these tasks are important, the most important thing these volunteers do is leave a lasting impact on campers.
        This impact is seen through improved football skills but more importantly through character development.  The engagement of volunteers with each camper empowers the young athletes to excel as an individual.  As one volunteer put it, “You see kids change.  You see them go from shy and intimidated to outgoing and motivated.”  Campers often mention that they want to become volunteers when they’re old enough because of the impact the volunteers have on them.  One parent spoke about this, saying “When he’s old enough, my son has already told me he wants to come back to volunteer.”

        Pro Football Camp is blessed to have one of the best coaching staffs in the entire country for a youth football camp with more than 40 years of NFL experience!  Young athletes are able to learn the skills necessary to succeed in football as they grow into middle school and high school athletes.  Not only that, but these current and former NFL athletes share their journeys and experiences and show how these young athletes can build their character to be the best people they can be.  Pro Football Camp has an incredible staff of returning NFL athletes, and we’re excited to announce five new coaches making their first trip to Pro Football Camp this year!  On top of the NFL athletes listed above with local connections, here are some highlights about each of remaining Pro Football Camp’s 2019 coaches:

The following testimonials, from the 2017 camp, highlight the overwhelmingly positive responses to this camp.
          Dawn Hazelton, parent: “Dominic gained positive, uplifting valuable knowledge from all the coaches involved during the pro football camp. He was able to see that the pro football players have encountered ups and downs during their careers but never gave up.”
         Joshua, camper: “It was really fun and you get to learn new skills. You're always going to be brothers and sisters with your team and you have to work together.”
         Alicia Cummings, parent: “Your child will not only learn to sharpen their fundamental football skills but will take home life lessons that carry over to all aspects of life. This is a must if you care about your athlete’s overall character development.”
         Carolyn Madrid, parent: “I have told all of my friends—my son learns more in this one week at Pro Football Camp than entire seasons [elsewhere]. The breadth of skills is amazing and my son has so much fun working to improve himself. Love it!”

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 3:11 P.M. Written by: Greg Wiedeman

Luke Rhodes
        Luke Rhodes is a long snapper for the Indianapolis Colts.  After playing linebacker at William and Mary College, Luke signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016 and ended his rookie season with the Indianapolis Colts.  Since 2016, Rhodes has solidified himself as one of the best long snappers in the NFL.  He recently signed the richest long snapper contract to back that up.  He is a tremendous snapper with advanced cover abilities and plus athleticism.  Long snapping is a special skill that plays a vital and important role in football.  Rhodes looks forward to sharing his skills and technique to make campers more versatile on the football field.  This is his second year coaching at Pro Football Camp.
Greg Scruggs
        Greg Scruggs was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks and tight end with the Bears and Patriots.  He won two Super Bowls, one with the Seahawks and one with the Patriots.  He played his college ball at Louisville after only playing high school football for one season before college.  Scruggs has a great story of how quickly he rose from not playing football to the NFL in less than 5 years.  He also knows what it takes to be a champion! Now the director of player development at the University of Cincinnati, Scruggs will be joining us for his eighth year coaching at Pro Football Camp.
Anthony Trucks
        Anthony Trucks was a linebacker for a few NFL teams, most notably the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He played his college football at the University of Oregon, where he was lethal at the linebacker position.  Trucks has competed in the TV show American Ninja Warrior after retiring from the NFL and has made the finals for the past three years.  He can be seen in the Los Angeles finals on July 15th on NBC.  Trucks is now a motivational speaker and has plenty of inspirational stories to share with campers.  He loves coming back to coach at Pro Football Camp and share his stories.  This will be his tenth year coaching!
Michael Lehan
 
      Michael Lehan was a cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and New Orleans Saints.  After playing college football at the University of Minnesota, Lehan was drafted in the fifth round by the Cleveland Browns.  He grew up as a foster child, making his rise to the NFL an unimaginable story.  Lehan is now principal of Osseo High School in Minnesota. He is an engaging speaker and leaves a lasting impact on campers each year.  This is Lehan’s eighth year coaching at camp!

Pro Football Camp’s scholarships program helps impact campers’ lives

Friday, July 7th, 2017 3:40 P.M. written by Jarek Moreschini

         ​​Every year Pro Football camp makes a lasting impact on hundreds of kids from Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Over the course of the three-day camp, campers learn football and life skills, for both on- and off-the-field pursuits. This camp is unique because the participants will be working with real NFL athletes. The goal of the camp is not only to make the kids better all-around football players, but also to help make them better people off the field. The current and former NFL athletes will teach the kids proper techniques for every position so that they can become better, more versatile players. The NFL athletes will be reinforcing key life lessons that will help campers beyond football three times each day with “Off the Field with the Pros” sessions. Hearing real stories about real NFL athletes teaches campers lessons about integrity, courage, discipline, respect, and hard work. The kids are taught that even in the worst situations, hard work can ensure they become whatever they want. Pro Football Camp is more powerful than just football because it gives campers the tools to be successful outside of football—after all, the game is the easy part.
         Every year, Pro Football Camp looks for sponsors to support their scholarship program to help underserved kids attend camp who would not be able to do so otherwise.  Pro Football Camp wants to make a lasting impact on as many kids as possible with the scholarship program. By funding scholarships, sponsors are investing in the players and citizens of tomorrow.
          The NFL athletes at the Pro Football Camp have impacted more than 2,000 kids over the camp’s 11 years.  The following are testimonials from parents of Pro Football Camp participants throughout the years:
         "The camp was very positive, it reinforced everyday life ethics (work hard, do your best), and taught that you have to work toward what you want. The camp pushed the kids to their physical limits, thank you!! They are more aware of what they CAN do instead of what they THINK they cannot." - Darell & Davetta, Parent

        “Have you ever seen a kid’s face light up when you teach them something and they put it to use?  There is no better feeling, and you will have that feeling in the first minutes of the Pro Football Camp.  Some of the kids don't have good role models in their life and in this three-day camp you can change their outlook on life,” said Scott Gentle, former Air Force volunteer who continues to volunteer every year.  This, for one volunteer, is the reason they believe in the mission of Pro Football Camp and the impact that the camp has on kids.
        For any cause, the generous donation of time by volunteers is incredibly valuable.  In fact, a lot of great things in this world wouldn’t be possible without volunteers.  It is no different in the case of Pro Football Camp.  It simply wouldn’t be possible without all the volunteers that contribute their time and energy for a week in July.  Relatedly, young athletes in the Colorado Springs area wouldn’t be able to experience the incredible skill and character development that Pro Football Camp offers.
         Pro Football Camp provides a unique opportunity for young athletes to learn from many different NFL athletes, both current and former.  Their generosity of time and energy could not be more appreciated.  Many come from across the country just to pour into the kids that attend and make an impact in their lives. However, these NFL athletes aren’t the only ones that are contributing their time to ensure the success of Pro Football Camp.  Each year, volunteers from the Colorado Springs area donate their time to assisting in coaching the kids and making sure the camp runs smoothly.

​WHEN YOU GIVE, YOU GET THE BIGGEST REWARD—
AFTER ALL, IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECIEVE

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 3:40 P.M. written by Ryan Taylor

        On July 10-12, 2018, NFL athletes from teams across the league are rolling into town to help coach the 13th Annual Pro Football Camp at Vista Ridge High 

​On July 10-12, 2018, NFL athletes from teams across the league are rolling into town to help coach the 13th Annual Pro Football Camp at Vista Ridge High School! For the past 12 years, the Pro Football Camp, featuring current and former NFL players, has created an amazing, motivational experience for kids in the Colorado Springs area. More than 3,000 kids have learned not only football skills, but also developed character traits from listening to NFL athletes coaching at the Pro Football Camp, who share their stories of perseverance and overcoming challenges.
         There are numerous traits that make Pro Football Camp one of a kind. The 16:1 ratio of coaches to participants helps your athlete to have uniquely individual and meaningful instruction and coaching from drill-to-drill. Each day of camp also includes “Off the Field with the Pros” sessions three times each camp day. These sessions allow the pros to share their stories and experiences. Through these stories, current and former NFL athletes exemplify and teach important character traits—courage, perseverance, and dedication—and emphasize the importance of education and hard work in pursuit of one’s dreams. Most importantly, though, our pros constantly work to help the kids think beyond the gridiron and understand the ways that the lessons they learn from camp are applicable in everyday life.
         The stories and lessons that the NFL athletes share have had a strong impact on kids and parents alike, with every parent who responded to an exit survey agreeing that one reason they chose Pro Football Camp over other youth camps was the emphasis placed on non-football aspects (i.e. character).
        

​PFC Coach, Robert Thomas, DT, BILLS, Set His Own Path to the NFL Despite Those Who Doubted Him

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 1:10 P.M. Written by: Greg Wiedeman
        With the odds stacked against him, Robert Thomas showed his hometown that his dream to play in the NFL was realistic.  On a 5th grade project, Thomas gave a presentation on how he wanted to be a NFL player when he grew up.  His teacher gave him a D on the project and said it “lacked reality.”  His climb to become an NFL player with the doubt surrounding him is nothing short of incredible.

        During his 20-plus years in Colorado Springs, Meeks spent a lot of time doing miscellaneous things contributing to the community.  Throughout his twenties, he was balancing supporting his son as well as taking classes at night.  Last week, Meeks graduated from Colorado State University Pueblo with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  While he’s working in engineering currently, he has also started a house-flipping business to follow his desires of giving back to the community.
        He started Hope Homes with the intention of giving a percentage of the earnings to those in need.  The inspiration behind Hope Homes was his childhood experiences because so many people went out of their way to help him and his family.  As he shared, “Now that I’m in a better place, I think it’s important for me to give back to people in my situation.”  In his most recent endeavor with Hope Homes, he purchased a home one-week before it was going on auction. The family that owned the home was being displaced with nowhere to go.  Chris felt that this was an opportunity to help out a family that was in a tough situation similar to his as a child.  He gave the family $15,000 at the closing of the house for them to take care of themselves moving forward.  He pointed out that the house was flipped and sold to a young family making their first home purchase, which was interesting for him to see things come full circle.
        On his next project, Chris worked with Kim Clark to flip a house and Kim suggested that a donation be made to benefit kids in the community.  Chris turned to a friend, Sarada Connors, host of the radio show “Our Town,” who sees and hears about all kinds of non-profit organizations in Colorado Springs.  They decided that Pro Football Camp is a deserving cause with a mission that Chris resonated with.  He sees his inspiration for these donations stem from a sense of compassion he developed in his childhood, and he continues to look for opportunities to give back to the community.
        Chris Meeks' and Kim Clark's donation to Pro Football Camp, as well as support from other donors, will assure that all young athletes that want to attend the camp are able to.  Pro Football Camp’s partners such as the Colorado Institute for Sports Medicine, Springs Dentistry, Classic Homes, Brass Tap, AMOS Associates, along with Meeks and Hope Homes are a few of the partners that make the scholarship program possible.

​​           University of North Dakota State WR Peter Isais said that if he were to coach at the Pro Football Camp today, he would emphasize teaching the campers “The Game of Football as a whole. I would want for the kids to learn and understand the mental side of the game! I think that if kids learned there are 11 players on the field, and only one ball, they would realize working together is what’s going to get the job done.” This is so that they have the tools necessary to follow the alumni to the college level and perhaps even further, as well as understanding the importance of teamwork in life beyond football. This is reflect by Peter identifying his biggest camp takeaway as “the friendships and bonds that came with it, and also having the opportunity to meet true NFL players.” Additionally, Peter, more so than the other alumni, wanted to recognize on the pros’ on-the-field impact—“you’ll learn drills and tips that will stick with you your whole life. I still do drills today that I did in PFC”—and how they continue to help him as a college player.

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        Thomas was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma, a lower income small town 48 miles southeast of Tulsa.  As he described it, there’s “not a ton of positivity” in Muskogee to lead successful lives outside of the town that many young people dream of.  Thomas sees himself, along with others who have had success outside of Muskogee, as a leader and inspiration to kids growing up in Muskogee now.  As he shared, “It means a lot to come back to all the kids and show them that you can get out and make it.”  Robert Thomas has made it, and here’s how.
        Thomas played his college football at the University of Arkansas as he prepared for a career in the NFL.  In 2014, he signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent.  After starting his second year in Washington, he moved around to the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, and Miami Dolphins where he finished his second year.  For his third year, in 2016, he spent the preseason with the Carolina Panthers and was claimed off waivers by the Giants for the regular season.  After two years with the Giants, Thomas is now going into his second year with the Buffalo Bills. As he looks back on his career so far, Thomas says, “It’s been a journey.  It hasn’t been easy, but I wouldn’t change anything about it.”
        If Thomas had listened to that 5th grade teacher, he wouldn’t have been able to make it to the NFL and see the success that he’s seen.  He had the right mindset his whole childhood progressing through high school, college, and into the NFL.  “I felt like I had a chip on my shoulder.  My teacher wasn’t the only person to tell me that, she was just one of the most impactful ones,” said Thomas.  Today, Thomas said he recalls that teacher and said, “I just thought it was funny, I kind of laugh about it.”  While he can look back and laugh about the doubt that surrounded him, there’s a significant lesson that young people can take away from his success story.

        Thomas comes to Pro Football Camp in Colorado Springs every year to share not only his skills on the field but also share his experiences in “Off the Field with the Pros” sessions during camp.  In this portion of camp, attending NFL athletes share lessons that they’ve learned relating to character traits such as perseverance, respect, and attitude.  With an audience of aspiring athletes ages 7 to 14, the impact that these sessions have on kids is incredible.  Thomas leaves a lasting impact on young campers at Pro Football Camp, just like he has an impact on kids back in Muskogee, Oklahoma that look up to him so intently.

Pro Football Camp Alumni: Using Camp Lessons in College Football

Thursday, June 14th, 2018 3:33 P.M. written by Ryan Taylor

          Among the many questions parents ask when searching for a youth sports camp for their children to attend over the summer is “how successful has the camp been in furthering the athletic careers of its campers?” In the case of the Pro Football Camp, no fewer than seven former campers have reached the college football level and play at that level today.
        Terrell Jennings will continue his college career at the University of North Dakota this fall, JoJo Domann plays for the University of Nebraska, and Tommy Lazarro is the QB for Central Michigan. Peter Isais and Collin Willis are preferred walk-ons at University of North Dakota State and Troy University, respectively. Finally, Kacin Nowlin plays for Western University and Brock Domann is slated as the starting QB at Ventura College. Given that the Pro Football Camp has only been around for 13 years, expect that number to increase as more campers from the early years of Pro Football Camp reach college age.

​​          For example, Brock was forced to weather a QB competition against Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff in a prank by Red Bull on the Ventura College team—“TRANSFER PRANK: NFL QB Jared Goff pranks unsuspecting college football team”! Even when facing competition from a Pro Bowl NFL QB, Brock relied on the lessons he learned at Pro Football Camp to compete and earn the loyalty of his teammates, as seen in the video. At the end of the day, he was able to join the rest of his team in laughing and having fun as the prank was revealed, just like at Pro Football Camp in the end of day touchdown celebrations—Brock’s favorite camp memory.
           Finally, when asked whether they had any other lingering thoughts or experiences they wanted to share about Pro Football Camp, the athletes were sure to get in their last few lingering thoughts. Brock said “I know the Pro Football Camp holds a lot of weight for a lot of people. Its lasting impact is second to none. I look forward to seeing where it goes in the future.” Collin answered, “It's just a great experience of family and you can tell everyone involved is there to inform the youth and make lasting relationships. I met MANY of the close friends I will have for life because of the camp. The connections and skills I have acquired through the camp, I believe, will help me for the rest of my life.” Along similar lines, Kacin wrote “PFC has given me the foundation to be able to pursue the next level. Without the resources that I have been provided throughout the years, I don't think I'd be where I am, or the man I am today.” Finally, Peter remarked “This is hands down one of the best kids’ camps in Colorado Springs. It brings a community together and it also teaches your kids the fundamentals of football.” The profiled alumni, with the diversity of their experiences and background, offer hope to any Pro Football Camp attendee that he or she will be able to follow in their footsteps, and play at the college level. Indeed, perhaps beyond even that, at the NFL level, provided the natural talent to complement the character and mental skills taught at the Pro Football Camp each year.

           In addition to the generous donations by local businesses, Pro Football Camp receives critical support from numerous volunteers who take their time over the three days of camp to help set up, run, and break down the camp each day. These volunteers arrive hours before camp starts each day, setting up Gatorade hydration stations, tents, cones for drills, and remain after the campers have finished getting everything packed up again. Our volunteers also serve as coaches who help make sure that every kid is getting one-on-one coaching and remaining active in between drill repetitions.
​        A final example is the assistance of School District 49, and Vista Ridge High School in particular, for the use of their athletic fields during the week of camp. The generous contributions of District 49 ensure that we are able to host our 300+ campers, athletes, and volunteers every year, as well as providing the tools necessary to keeping everyone hydrated with Gatorade, another PFC partner.
        No one entity alone could fully plan, fund, and execute the Pro Football Camp. We are very fortunate to have the support of hundreds of people from the Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Falcon, Pueblo, and Monument communities each lending their support to the PFC. When all of these disparate forces are brought together, it allows the Pro Football Camp to truly flourish and brighten the lives of every camper’s summer, as well as the lives of the individuals and companies who help put the PFC together.

​​​​PFC Pro Greg Scruggs Pays it Forward

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 3:45 P.M. written by Ryan Taylor

          At Pro Football Camp, the NFL athletes who are brought in to coach the campers are used to being in the spotlight. Unlike the typical NFL athlete, the coaches at the Pro Football Camp choose to use their platform to give back to the organizations who helped them in their youth, as well as to teach the campers about handling life off-the-field. Even with the immense natural talents each of these players has on the field, the athletes all recognize that their off-the-field dedication, study, respect, and other character traits all play a key role in their success. In particular, Pro Football Coach Greg Scruggs strives to teach the campers about the importance of respect for their coaches, family members, and others.
         When he was growing up, Scruggs was a Boys Hope Girls Hope member who lived in the Boys Hope house on his St. Xavier High School Campus in Cincinnati. During his time there, despite the presence of football stars—including future NFL Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly—Scruggs chose to play basketball and play drums for the school marching band. He finally joined the football team as a senior, helping pave the way for him to attend the University of Lousiville. During his time there, Scruggs played Defensive Tackle and caught the attention of the Seattle Seahawks, being drafted 232nd overall in the 2012 NFL draft.
        During his time with the Seahawks, Scruggs was part of the 2013 champion Seahawks team who defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, before moving on to join the Chicago Bears in 2015. After converting to Tight End in the following off-season, Scruggs signed with the New England Patriots for the 2016-2017 season. In that season, Scruggs injured his knee and was forced to Injured Reserve, but nevertheless earned the 2nd Super Bowl ring of his career when the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
        In the midst of all this success, Scruggs was sure to credit those who helped him reach the NFL level, nominating his St. Xavier High School coach, Steve Specht, for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. Specht won the award that year, and Scruggs continued to give back in hopes of inspiring kids who faced similar challenges as he did during his youth.
       

From childhood, to college football, to NFL football, four athletes who are from Colorado’s Front Range are coaching at Pro Football Camp.   Dymonte Thomas, S, Broncos, Joe Parker, WR, Titans, Cherry Creek High School, Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys, Colorado State University, and Antwon Burton, former DT, Broncos, lives in Pueblo, join one of the best coaching staffs in the entire country for a youth football camp with more than 40 years of NFL experience!  At the Pro Football Camp young athletes are able to learn the skills necessary to succeed in football as they grow into middle school and high school athletes.  Not only that, but these current and former NFL athletes share their journeys and experiences to demonstrate to these young athletes how they can build their character to be the best people they can be.  These NFL athletes come from all over the country to coach at Pro Football Camp, but we are excited that four of the coaches this year have local connections to the Front Range area.  We’ve highlighted each and how they are connected to the area:
Dymonte Thomas
Dymonte Thomas is a free safety for the Denver Broncos entering his third year for the team.  Thomas signed with the Broncos in 2017 after a successful career at the University of Michigan.  He is very committed to giving back to communities through his foundation, The Dymonte Thomas Community Foundation.  His focus is to help benefit and enrich youth in his hometown of Alliance, Ohio and beyond.  He sees Pro Football Camp as a great opportunity to help kids in the Colorado community, both on- and off-the-field.  Thomas said “I’m excited to see all the campers, can’t wait to see all you guys.”  As a Denver Bronco, he will be a great presence at Pro Football Camp in his first year coaching!
Joe Parker
Joe Parker is a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans entering his rookie season in the NFL.  He was raised in Castle Rock, CO, just a few miles North of Colorado Springs.  After helping lead Cherry Creek High School to a 5A Colorado State Championship in 2014, he played college football at the University of Wyoming and then at Tennessee-Chattanooga.  Parker brings tremendous skill and technique to camp, having worked with former Broncos receiver Rod Smith and former Colorado State receiver Joe Hansley to work on his craft during his transition to the NFL.  This will be Parker’s first time coaching at Pro Football Camp.
Michael Gallup
Michael Gallup is a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys entering his second season.  He played college football at Colorado State University in Fort Collins where he was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award for college football’s most outstanding receiver and was named first-team All-American in his senior year.  After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 3rd Round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Gallup had a major impact in his rookie year, recording over 500 yards receiving.  Gallup is looking to build on last year’s success and have a great second year.  We are excited to have him at Pro Football Camp for the first time!
Antwon Burton
Antwon Burton was a Defensive Tackle for the Denver Broncos, among a few other teams.  He spent his college career at Temple University before being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Broncos.  He then spent time with the Cincinatti Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, and Carolina Panthers before finishing his professional career in the United Football League.  Antwon currently lives in Pueblo, Colorado where he runs his own gym.  This will be Antwon’s first time coaching at Pro Football Camp.

2018 Pro Football Camp Blog Posts and Stories

Michael Lehan playing one-on-one with a camper in WR drills. Lehan coaches players one-on-one during drills at Pro Football Camp each year, both on- and off-the-field.

​​​          Terrell Jennings, CB, University of North Dakota, said “my favorite thing about the Pro Football Camp was the scrimmage day. You got to meet different people from different backgrounds all over town, but all that really mattered was your ability to play. It was one of the few times where I felt like I was on a level playing field.” As a camper who attended Pro Football Camp on scholarship, Terrell overcame even greater challenges than normal in rising through the JUCO ranks to earn a scholarship at the University of North Dakota.

           Terrell emphasized that the guidance of the NFL athletes coaching at Pro Football Camp helped him earn that scholarship, because they “they made me realize they’re just like us.” This ability to relate easily with the pros made it easier for Jennings to envision himself in their place, and to pursue his dream in the hopes of becoming an NFL athlete himself someday.

Michael Lehan, Former NFL Pro, Shows Care and Dedication to the Local Foster Care Community

​Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 11:42 A.M. Written By: Greg Wiedeman

       Beyond just the three days of camp though, the Pro Football Camp strives to provide opportunities outside of the camp days for the campers and their families to meet and interact with the players. There is a Meet the Pros event at Back East Bar and Grill the night before camp kicks off, where the community has a chance to interact with the athletes and get autographs and pictures. If a camper is unable to attend that event, there will be autograph sessions after the first two days of camp that campers can attend as well.
        Finally, Pro Football Camp is hosting Praise with the Pros on Wednesday, July 11th, from 6:30-8 PM, at Calvary Worship Center, 501 Castle Road, CO, 80904. This event provides an opportunity for the NFL athletes, both current and retired, to share stories about how their faith and life experiences helped guide them on- and off-the-field, and the impact that their faith has had on their career. These stories are universally applicable to people of all ages, as they aim to provide lessons about approaching career, family, and life positively.

From left: Kacin Nowlin, Western University; Collin Willis, Troy University; Brock Domann, Ventura College; Terrell Jennings, University of North Dakota; Peter Isais, University of North Dakota State; and JoJo Domann, University of Nebraska.

Pro Football Camp alumni (and college players) catch up! From left: Kacin Nowlin, Western University; Collin Willis, Troy University; Brock Domann, Ventura College; Terrell Jennings, University of North Dakota; Peter Isais, University of North Dakota State; and JoJo Domann, University of Nebraska.

NFL athletes coaching at Pro Football Camp have some fun dancing during one of the breaks in action.

  Volunteers Play a Crucial Role in the Success of Pro Football Camp

Monday, June 19th, 2017 2:36 p.m.,  posted by Isaiah Yates

    Without the support of our volunteers, Pro Football Camp would not be able to make a lasting

impact on the children who come. Each year, dozens of volunteers from around Colorado Springs

offer up their time and energy to help the community and the young athletes at the camp. Every

year, Pro Football Camp returns volunteers from previous years, who enjoy seeing the impact

that the NFL athletes have on the kids and the community. One of our former volunteers, now the

Assistant Executive Director for Pro Football Camp, Sadie Martinez, says “Volunteering for the

camp is a community wide event that gives volunteers an opportunity to be a part of something

bigger than themselves and play a role in impacting numerous lives.”
        Pro Football Camp, a nonprofit organization, relies heavily on volunteers and sponsors to help fund scholarships, keep costs low, and help ensure that the camp is affordable for families each year.

        Volunteers, helping coaches and kids out however they can, are a key pillar in the success of Pro Football Camp. Volunteers are a diverse group: military volunteers from Peterson, Schriever, Cheyenne Mountain, and the Air Force Academy; and local high school and college students, parents of campers, coaches, and more, who understand the profound impact these NFL athletes can have on campers’ character.
        Ryan Taylor, a 2016 volunteer, says “It’s truly incredible, how much of an impact the pros, coaches, and volunteers can have on these kids. When you’re doing drill work with the NFL athletes and the next round of kids comes over, you can just see a fire in the kids’ eyes when they realize they get to learn from these NFL players. It’s such a rewarding feeling to realize that volunteering your time and your effort has helped to make a highlight in these kids’ lives and serve as an inspiration for the future. It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community, enjoying the sunshine and playing football with kids and NFL athletes for three days. I’d tell anyone looking for a great volunteer opportunity, and a great experience, to come to this camp!”

Chris Meeks with Peter, a kid who suffers from Muscular dystrophy.  His contributions to the community go far beyond just monetary donations.

NFL Athletes with Roots in the Front Range Contribute to Youth at Pro Football Camp

​Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 11:54 A.M. Written by: Greg Wiedeman

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          For Collin Willis, a CB for Troy University, he believes that the campers attending this year should focus on understanding and applying the lessons of the Pros, and also should be sure to make friends. Willis said, “Pro Football Camp is just a great experience of family. You can tell everyone involved is there to inform the youth and make lasting relationships. I met MANY of the close friends I will have for life because of the camp, and the connections and skills I have acquired through the camp will, I believe, help me for the rest of my life.”

        Collin also noted that the most important on-field lesson for campers to internalize from the camp is understanding “just how important being competitive and resilient is, and that all the success they want in sports will ultimately be decided by how far they want to take it.” As it was for Terrell, competitive fire is a key element of Collin’s ability to succeed at the CB position, on a play-by-play basis. 

        

        The experience that these young athletes receive at Pro Football Camp is invaluable.  Not only do they improve on-the-field from professional instruction, but they also develop strong character traits through “Off the Field with the Pros.”  Three times each camp day the NFL athletes lead a session designed to strengthen character traits such as respect, hard work and perseverance.  With the level of attention that the young athletes pay to the NFL athletes, the lessons taught in these sessions have a lasting impact on the kids.  In fact, many parents have noticed changes in their child’s attitude and behavior due to these sessions.  In a survey taken by parents of participants in 2018, 76% of parents noticed a moderate to strong positive change in their child’s attitude just from the three days at Pro Football Camp.
        The support from Pro Football Camp’s partners comes is various forms in making this experience possible for kids.  For example, some partners will host fundraisers such as Brass Tap, some will make monetary donations such as Springs Dentistry, Classic Homes, Hope Homes, and AMOS, and some will donate their expertise such as ATR Sports providing speed and agility training at camp and Colorado Institute of Sports Medicine providing first aid.  Perhaps the greatest benefit of having such generous partners is being able to fund the scholarship program mentioned above, making sure that every kid can take advantage of this opportunity to learn from NFL athletes.  Many of the partners make donations because they can see how much of an impact this camp has on the kids in the community.  They truly believe in the mission of Pro Football Camp and they are thrilled that their efforts are contributing to that mission.