NFL PRESS RELEASE
This summer, thousands of children across the country will take the field to play in more than 800 youth football summer camps or activities hosted by NFL Legends, players, coaches, clubs and partners as part of the Play Football Summer Season. The Play Football Summer Season is an NFL Play Football initiative highlighting summer football in communities across the country. The camps and activities promise a fun environment to teach young athletes proper technique at all skill levels and emphasize the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and values learned in football. Camps are open to boys and girls ages 5-18.
From New Orleans to New York, Los Angeles to Miami and everywhere in between, kids will participate in the Play Football Summer Season. In addition to NFL teams and partners hosting events, NFL athletes, including Jacksonville Jaguars RB LEONARD FOURNETTE, Los Angeles Rams TODD GURLEY, New Orleans Saints DE CAMERON JORDAN, and Pittsburgh Steelers WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER are hosting activities in their communities, offering memorable opportunities to learn the game of football first-hand from the game’s best players.
More than 100 NFL Legends are also introducing kids to the game of football. JASON WITTEN will host several camps, while PEYTON MANNING, alongside ARCHIE and ELI MANNING, will celebrate the 22nd year of the Manning Passing Academy.
“We are committed to growing the game and providing children a fun way to learn the fundamentals of football from some of the best in the NFL,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “We salute our many current and former players, coaches and clubs that are helping to shape the next generation of football players and leaders. The camps help children learn important values of the game, such as sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and perseverance, which will resonate with them the rest of their lives.”
The NFL Foundation, the NFL’s nonprofit organization representing all 32 clubs, has awarded $1 million in grants to current and former NFL players and coaches to support more than 400 free, non-contact youth football camps this summer. The Youth Football Camp Grant Program, in its 21st year, recognizes NFL players and coaches who give back to communities in their hometowns or club markets and offer young athletes the opportunity to play football.
More than 200 of the recipients will receive grants to host a single-day FUNdamentals camp featuring a USA Football curriculum. FUNdamentals camps are designed to introduce boys and girls to the fun of football and advance their physical literacy through the sport’s basic skills and movements in an exciting, high-activity format. Clinicians use a series of age-appropriate drills to teach passing, catching and running skills in a non-contact setting in alignment with USA Football’s adaptation of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s American Development Model.
Families interested in finding a camp in their community are encouraged to visit PlayFootball.com.