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The deadline for USA Football’s Equipment Grant program is quickly approaching. The grant is need and merit based, and can earn up to $1,500 for youth organizations and up to $2,500 for high school programs committed to improving the safety of the game.
“USA Football is doing a great job, growing the game at every level,” says Tom Finks, President of Pro Sports Experience and football development of USA Football. “From flag programs to coaching education to Heads Up curriculum to equipment grants, the game is getting better, safer and smarter every year.”
Read more about the Equipment Grant, the application process, and the great work USA Football is doing, here.
“This is going to be like Lollapalooza meets Taste of Chicago, but for football fans,” said Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission.
Starting Thursday, April 30, and running through Saturday, May 2, the celebration will take over an area that spans more than 15 football fields in Grant Park.
The main attraction is Selection Square, at Michigan Avenue and Congress Plaza, directly across from the Auditorium Theater, where the draft is taking place, Bachman said. Read more…
Kids—Learn to Play the Chicago Bears Way!
Non-Contact Football Instruction for Kids Ages 6-14
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. and the Green Bay Packers announced today there will be additional opportunities for Packers fans to share in the experience of former quarterback Brett Favre’s induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and his number retirement on Saturday, July 18, 2015.
“We are pleased to be able to offer new options for fans to share in the excitement of the evening,” said Hall of Fame Inc. President Perry Kidder. “We’ve worked closely with the Green Bay Packers and the Journal Broadcast Group to make this happen.” Continue to Packers.com
Kids–Learn to Play the Green Bay Packers Way!
Non-Contact Football Instruction for Kids Ages 6-14 Years Old
COMING THIS SUMMER….
A FOOTBALL FANTASY CAMP–FOR KIDS!
2015 NFL TEAM SCHEDULES
3 Lessons Kids Never Forget
Better than the classroom, TV shows or our own the dinner table, some believe kids learn proper nutrition most effectively through competitive sports experiences.
That’s what Pro Sports Experience coach and health experts observe, as they run high impact training programs for partners Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, NFL Alumni and USA Football.
So why does sports competition more effectively teach nutrition habits? Big game competitions act as the perfect scientific test lab. Kids eat, drink, compete and then reflect on their performance. Highly competitive athletes will consider how the pregame meal preparation impacted their overall performance. It becomes trial and error with memorable results.
“When kids truly want to experience competitive success, they will remember all aspects of their approach” says AJ Connors, Health Director for Pro Sports Experience Youth Football Camps. “If kids practice well but fail during the game, they can often point to their nutrition choices in the days or hours leading up to that game. That’s a lesson that might be difficult to understand, but a result they’ll never forget.”
With AJ Connors, we highlight three experiences that can make or break a competitive sports experience.
1. Hydration is an all-the-time habit.
Athletes should not last minute “cram” fluids–like a student who does a “late night cram” for the final exam. Rather, you sustain hydration levels better when it’s a daily habit.
“Often times, kids do not recognize a state of dehydration until it’s too late,” says AJ Connors, Health Director for Pro Sports Experience Youth Football Camps. “During active play, you can replenish fluids, but if you start behind it leads to trouble. That requires a lifestyle approach of continually hydrating with water.”
Dehydrated athletes quickly loose energy and often feel sick. This feeling becomes a harsh memory and facilitates a permanent habit change in kids.
2. Failing to Eat = Guaranteed to Fail
Holy head-rush! When a young player feels a little dizzy and slow, they wonder what happened since their sparkling practice two days earlier.
“Beyond not eating properly, many times kids fail to eat anything at all before competitive events or practices,” says the Connors. “They mistakenly think they will be lighter and faster. Unfortunately, early in the first quarter, or even after warm ups they have nothing in the tank and are steps behind all day.”
Again, this burns a memory into a child’s mind. They are excited to play and want to play well. Top competitors will identify reason for the substandard performance (no food fuel) and never forget to eat well again.
3. Grease is Not the Word
Nothing cuts back on your rushing yards more than a queasy stomach due to greasy French Fries, chicken nuggets or rich sauces like fettuccini alfredo.
“There is no better way to learn than to experience the benefits and consequences of your nutrition habits,” says AJ Connors. “Some gastrointestinal distress during the big game is an awful situation and one you won’t soon forget. No classroom or book can compare to experiencing this moment.”
Connors believes summer camps offered by Philadelphia Eagles Youth Football Camps are a tremendous platform to teach nutrition. The non-contact football camps for kids ages 6-14 are very active. Kids run, sweat and need hydration as well as food fuel.
In addition to their “Eat Like a Pro” education game, the coaches speak to kids about their energy and hydration levels “in the moment” and recommend corrections over the course of five days.
“When our coaches make suggestions to campers, it will positively affect that camper’s performance and experience. They play better and they become motivated to continue that healthy eating for approach.”
Pro Sports Experience Youth Football Camps provide non-contact football instruction for kids’ ages 6 to 14 years old. Flag, Tackle and newcomers to the game are welcomed to attend.
6. Rather than summer school, really pushing Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps as a place for higher learning.
1. Rather than “class dismissed,” says “Ready?…..Break!!”
We love working with our friends at 30Second Mom–who knew you could learn so much about our camps in just :30 seconds?! Watch for another video coming next week.
July is National Anti-Boredom Month–how are you celebrating? We encourage you to checkout our July camp dates and register your little athlete for one of our non-contact football camps for kids ages 6-14. There is still space available in some of our camp locations, but you need to register soon to reserve your space and kick summer boredom to the curb! Click on the team links below for a full calendar of locations and registration information.
July 7-11: Arlington Heights, Frankfort, Lincolnshire & Wilmette
July 14-18: Barrington, Chicago (Lane Tech), Evanston, & Libertyville
July 21-25: Chicago (St. Ignatius), Geneva, Glen Ellyn & Northfield
July 7-11: Kenosha & Oshkosh
July 14-18: Glendale & Green Bay
July 21-25: Elm Grove & Madison
July 7-11: Denville (NJ), Old Brookville (NY), Princeton (NJ), Rye (NY)*, Tom’s River (NJ) & Wallingford (CT)
July 14-18: Basking Ridge/Bernardsville (NJ), Freeport (NY), Livingston (NJ),
Midland Park (NJ), Stamford (CT) & White Plaines (NY)
July 21-25: Clark (NJ), Florham Park (NJ), Manhattan (NY), Hauppauge (NY), New Canaan (CT), New Rochelle (NY),
and Wayne (NJ)
July 7-11: Cherry Hill (NJ)*, Lancaster (PA) & West Chester (PA)
July 14-18: Newtown (PA) & Wilmington (DE)
July 21-25: Bethlehem (PA)
*Those camp locations are currently sold out, but you can be placed on a waiting list.