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NFL Youth Football Fund Awards $600,000 in Grants for Free Youth Football Camps

Posted Jul 2, 2012

Grants were awarded to 214 current and former NFL players. Saints included players Charles Brown, Jermon Bushrod, Jahri Evans, Malcolm Jenkins as well as coaches Travis Jones and Brian Young.


Camps Receiving NFL YFF Grants Required to Participate in
USA Football Safety Initiative, Focusing on Concussion and Hydration Awareness

The NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) has awarded $600,000 to 214 NFL players and coaches to support their free youth football camps, it was announced today.

The camps, run by former and current NFL players and coaches, will reach more than 55,000 young football players this summer.  Players and coaches hosting free camps throughout the summer include former player ISAAC BRUCE, Arizona Cardinals quarterback KEVIN KOLB, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach MIKE TOMLIN and Dallas Cowboys tight end JASON WITTEN.  A list of players and coaches receiving grants this year is below.

“Summer camps are a great way for children to keep active, build confidence and learn important skills,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, who serves on the NFL Youth Football Fund board of directors. “We are pleased to support our players’ philanthropic efforts that promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles in young people.”

The NFL has long supported players’ philanthropic endeavors, and the NFL Youth Football Fund has awarded more than $4.3 million in player and coach camp grants since 1998.

“The NFL Youth Football Fund provides our players and their coaches with valuable resources to make a positive impact in their communities,” said NFLPA Executive Director DEMAURICE SMITH. “The NFLPA applauds this program’s efforts to ensure each camp includes an educational component on player health and safety.”

The YFF is working with USA Football to offer coaches affiliated with the 2012 NFL Player & Coaches Football Camp Grant programs a free, online health and safety resource.  The USA Football Coach Smart youth health and safety awareness initiative provides coaches with information regarding concussion awareness and management as well as heat and hydration preparedness.  Created specifically for the YFF’s Camp Grant program by USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 clubs and the national governing body of youth and amateur football, this online resource features health and safety elements adapted from USA Football’s coaching certification courses.  Before their camp begins, coaches are required to watch informational videos and answer questions that are designed to test their knowledge on these important topics.

Also as part of the Camp Grant program, the YFF offered players and coaches the opportunity to partner with USA Football and its FUNdamentals program which is designed to provide player and coach camp hosts with turn-key and ready-to-execute, non-contact youth football camps in their communities.  All skills and drills are selected based on USA Football’s Player Progression Development Model, ensuring that participants learn age-appropriate football fundamentals in an enjoyable and safe environment.  USA Football provides (among other benefits) FUNdamentals curriculum and an event operations guide, coaches manual, a registration website, camp insurance, camper t-shirts and access to on-site certified athletic trainers. 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 a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

About the NFL Youth Football Fund
Established in 1998 by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) uses football as a catalyst to promote positive youth development, support youth and high school football needs nationwide and ensure the health of amateur football participation. Through the YFF's youth football initiatives and support programs, young athletes are provided with opportunities to learn the game of football, get physically fit and stay involved in productive after-school activities with adult mentors.  The YFF also provides youngsters with safe and accessible places to play, as well as programs and initiatives that address the importance of proper coaching, health and safety and life skills development. For more information, visit http://www.nflyff.org/.

2012 NFL Youth Football Fund Player & Coach Camp Grant Recipients
Adams, Michael-ARZ CEDAR HILL, TX-6/17
Alexander, Danario- STL MARLIN, TX-6/30
Alexander, Lorenzo- WAS OAKLAND, CA-7/21
Asante, Larry- TB DACULA, GA-6/22
Bajema, Billy- STL
Chamberlain, Chris- NO BETHANY, OK-6/25
Baker, Ryan- MIA INDIANAPOLIS, IN-7/13
Baker, Joe- DAL Coaching Staff* TAMPA, FL-7/18
Berry, Eric- KC FAIRBURN, GA-6/23
Bethea, Antoine- IND NEWPORT NEWS, VA-5/5
Bishop, Desmond- GB FAIRFIELD, CA-7/7
Bowser, Charles-RET PLYMOUTH, NC-6/26
Breaston, Steven- KC
Mundy, Ryan- PIT TURTLE CREEK, PA-7/6
Bridges, Jeremy- ARZ TEMPE, AZ-6/9
Brinkley, Jasper- MIN THOMSON, GA-7/13
Brock, Peter- RET BOSTON, MA-7/9
Brown, Charles- NO POMONA, CA-7/7
Bruce, Isaac- RET EARTH CITY, MO-6/30
Bryant, Desmond- OAK ELIZABETHTOWN, NC-7/14
Burnett, Morgan- GB JONESBORO, GA-6/16
Burney, Kendric- STL JACKSONVILLE, NC-7/14
Bush, Reggie- MIA SAN DIEGO, CA-6/22
Bushrod, Jermon- NO KING GEORGE, VA-6/2
Butler, James- STL BAINBRIDGE, GA-7/14
Carmichael, Rashad- HOU WASHINGTON DC-6/23
Chambers, Chris- RET BEDFORD, OH-6/23
Cherilus, Gosder- DET SOMERVILLE, MA-7/11
Clowney, David- BUF DELRAY BEACH, FL-6/9
Copeland, Danny- RET ROCKLEDGE, FL-7/14
Copper, Terrance- KC WASHINGTON, NC-6/16
Cordle, Jim- NYG LANCASTER, OH-7/13
Cotchery, Jerricho-PIT BIRMINGHAM, AL-6/23
Cullen, Joe- JAC Coaching Staff* JACKSONVILLE, FL-7/18
Dareus, Marcell- BUF BIRMINGHAM, AL-6/2
Darius, Donovin- RET JACKSONVILLE, FL-7/16
Darling, Devard- FA KATY, TX-7/18
David, Jason- RET COVINA, CA-6/30
Davis, Thomas- CAR CHARLOTTE, NC-5/5
Davis, Chauncey- CHI ATLANTA, GA-7/14
Deaderick, Brandon- NE ELIZABETHTOWN, KY-7/14
Dickerson, Eric- RET OCEANSIDE, CA-7/19
Dotson, Santana- RET HOUSTON, TX-5/26
Dunbar, Jo-Lonn- STL
Branch, Tyvon- OAK SYRACUSE, NY-6/23
Easley, Marcus- BUF STRATFORD. CT-6/30
Edwards, Dwan- BUF BILLINGS, MT-6/30
Elam, Abram- KC
Ford, Jacoby- OAK ATLANTA, GA-6/15
Ellison, Rhett- MIN HOUSTON, TX-7/2
Evans, Demetric- FA HAYNESVILLE, LA-8/2
Evans, Jahri- NO PHILADELPHIA, PA-5/5
Florence, Drayton- DEN OCALA, FL-6/2
Fokou, Moise- PHI ROCKVILLE, MD-7/30
Ford, Jacoby- OAK
Elam, Abram- DAL
Boldin, Anquan- BAL WEST PLAM BEACH, FL-6/14
Forte, Matt- CHI SLIDELL, LA-6/9
Fox, Keyaron- WAS ATLANTA, GA-6/30
Gadsden, Oronde- RET FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-6/11
Garrard, David- MIA DURHAM, NC-6/16
Garrett, Jason- DAL Head Coach* PRINCETON, NJ-7/16
Gay, William- ARZ TALLAHASSEE, FL-6/9
Geathers, Robert- CIN HEMINGWAY, SC-5/5
Gilchrist, Marcus- SD HIGH POINT, NC-7/14
Glover, Richard- RET JERSEY CITY, NJ-7/5
Golston, Kedric- WAS CHANTILLY, VA-5/19
Gregory, Damian- RET LANSING, MI-4/21
Gross, Al- RET OCEANSIDE, CA-7/14
Hagen, Halvor- RET SPRINGFIELD, MA-7/22
Hairston, Chris- BUF WINSTON SALEM, NC-7/12
Haley, Charles- RET
Yarbrough, James- RET
Maryland, Russell- RET DALLAS, TX-7/2
Hansen, Phil- RET FARGO, ND-8/6
Harrison, Rodney- RET COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, IL-6/30
Harrison, Lloyd- RET WELDON, NC-6/2
Hartsock, Ben- CAR CHILLICOTHE, OH-6/9
Henry, Kevin- RET KENNESAW, GA-7/14
Herrera, Anthony- FA NAPLES, FL-6/22
Hicks, Artis- MIA JACKSON, TN-6/5
Hill, Tye- FA DORCHESTER, SC-7/14
Hill, Sean- RET MIAMI, FL-7/7
Holden, Steve- RET MESA, AZ-3/16/2013
Holt, Torry- RET GIBSONVILLE, NC-7/15
Houston, Christopher- DET AUSTIN, TX-6/30
Idonije, Israel- CHI BLUE ISLAND, IL-6/9
Jackson, DeSean- PHI PHILADELPHIA, PA-5/11
Jackson, Kareem- HOU MACON, GA-6/30/2015
Jackson, Roger- RET MACON, GA-7/16
James, Roland- RET WORCHESTER, MA-7/16
Jenkins, Malcolm- NO PISCATAWAY, NJ-6/22
Jennings, Greg- GB KALAMAZOO, MI-6/16
Townsell, Jo Jo- RET RENO. NV-7/14
Johnson, Spencer- BUF GILBERTON, AL-6/16
Johnson, Rashad- ARZ SULLIGENT, AL-6/9
Johnson, Ron- RET
Toney, Anthony- RET MONTEREY, CA-7/26
Johnson, Josh- SF
Lynch, Marshawn- SEA OAKLAND, CA-7/14
Jones, Jacoby- BAL NEW ORLEANS, LA-6/2
Jones, James- GB SAN JOSE, CA-6/30
Jones, Greg- JAC BEAUFORT, SC-5/19
Jones, Rondell- RET RALEIGH, NC-7/13
Jones, Travis- NO Coaching Staff* MACON, GA-7/29
Jones, Donald- RET
Sasa, Don- RET
Gaskin, Percell- RET CHARLOTTE, NC-7/5
Kelso, Mark- RET
Kubiak, Jim- RET
Ferguson, Charlie- RET ELMA, NY-7/10
King, Kenny- RET GILBERT, AZ-5/14
King, Steve- RET PROVIDENCE, RI-7/21
Kitchens, Freddie- ARZ Coaching Staff* GADSDEN, AL-7/23
Koenen, Michael- TB FERNDALE, WA-6/25
Kolb, Kevin- ARZ STEPHENVILLE, TX-6/16
Kotwica, Ben- NYJ Coaching Staff* MIDLOTHIAN, IL-7/22
Kozerski, Bruce- RET LATONIA, KY-7/10
Langford, Kendall- STL MIAMI, FL-3/24
Leach, Vonta- BAL LUMBERTON, NC-6/30
Leonhard, Jim- FA TONY, WI-7/15
Lewis, Ray- BAL BALTIMORE, MD-6/9
Lewis, Marcedes- JAC LONG BEACH, CA-6/16
Lewis, Marvin- CIN Head Coach* CINCINNATI, OH-7/4
Light, Matt- RET GREENVILLE, OH-6/11
Lincoln, Jeremy- RET TOLEDO, OH-7/22
Maragos, Chris- SEA KENOSHA, WI-7/6
Martin, Charly- SEA FARMINGTON, NM-6/19
Martin, Cecil- RET CROSS PLAINS, WI-6/12
Massaquoi, Mohamed- CLE LOS ANGELES, CA-2/18
Mathis, Terance- RET ALBUQUERQUE, NM-7/8
McBean, Ryan- BAL BEDFORD, TX-7/14
McKinney, Brandon- IND DAYTON, OH-6/29
McNeill, Marcus- FA CLARKSTON, GA-6/23
Melvin, Randy- TB Coaching Staff* TAMPA, FL-6/23
Mickens, Ray- RET EL PASO, TX-5/19
Monk, Quincy- RET RALEIGH, NC-6/9
Moore, Mewelde- RET BATON ROUGE, LA-3/17
Murphy, Jason- FA BALTIMORE, MD-6/9
O'Neil, Jim- NYJ Coaching Staff* DOYLESTOWN, PA-7/3
Owens, Christopher- ATL LOS ANGELES, CA-7/7
Paschal, Marcus- FA LARGO, FL-7/14
Perkins, Ray- RET MESA, AZ-3/15/2013
Peterson, Mike- ATL GAINESVILLE, FL-6/30
Plummer, Bruce- RET BOGALUSA, LA-6/21
Quin, Glover- HOU SUMMIT, MS-6/30
Randle El, Antwaan- RET HARVEY, IL-7/13
Reece, Marcel- OAK HESPERIA, CA-6/16
Reynolds, Ed- RET WINSTON SALEM, NC-7/9
Rosario, Dante- SD MCMINNVILLE, OR-7/6
Ryan, Matt- ATL ROSWELL, GA-6/16
Scott, Greg- CIN FRANKLIN, VA-6/30
Searcy, Da'Norris- BUF CLARKSTON, GA-6/15
Shipp, Marcel- RET PATERSON, NJ-7/14
Sims, Ernie- FA TALLAHASSEE, FL-7/13
Smith, Brad- BUF YOUNGSTOWN, OH-6/30
St. Jean, Lenny- RET DURHAM, NH-7/23
Starks, Max- FA ORLANDO, FL-6/9
Stewart, Jonathan- CAR OLYMPIA, WA-7/6
Stroud, Marcus- RET ALTANTA, GA-4/21
Swain, John- RET MINNEAPOLIS, MN-7/14
Tate, Robert- RET GILBERT, AZ-7/7
Taylor, Tyrod- BAL HAMPTON, VA-4/14
Terrill, Craig- RET LEBANON, IN-6/17
Thomas, Bryan- NYJ BIRMINGHAM, AL-6/30
Tomlin, Mike- PIT Head Coach* PITTSBURGH, PA-7/14
Tulloch, Stephen- DET MIAMI, FL-7/14
Turner, Nate- RET CHICAGO, IL-6/16
Underwood, Brandon- OAK HAMILTON, OH-7/10
Urban, Jerheme- FA VICTORIA, TX-6/23
Vaughn, Clarence- IND WINSTON SALEM, NC
Verner, Alterraun- TEN LAKEWOOD, CA-6/30
Walker, Frank- DAL TUSKEGEE, AL-7/10
Ward, Dedric- RET CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-6/22
Weary, Fred- RET PEARLAND, TX-6/15
Weatherford, Steve- NYG TERRE HAUTE, IN-7/14
Wells, Donald- RET LOUISVILLE, KY-7/19
White, Roddy- ATL CHARLESTON, SC-6/12
White, Johnny- BUF ASHVILLE, NC-7/14
Williams, Madieu- WAS COLLEGE PARK, MD-4/28
Williams, Teddy- DAL SAN ANTONIO, TX-7/12
Wilson, George- BUF PADUCAH, KY-7/16
Witherspoon, Brian- NYG BUTLER, AL-7/14
Witten, Jason- DAL ELIZABETHTON, TN-6/23
Womack, Floyd- FA CLEVELAND, MS-6/30
Woodley, LaMarr- PIT SAGINAW, MI-6/9
Wynn, Milton- RET HOUSTON, TX-7/16
Young, Usama- CLE UPPER MARLBORO, MD-6/23
Young, Brian- NO Coaching Staff* EL PASO, TX-7/13
Zendejas, Luis- RET CHINO, CA-6/23



2012 NFL/USA Football FUNdamentals Camps:

 Allen, Nate- PHI CAPE CORAL, FL-6/30
 Anderson, Roy- IND Coaching Staff* TALLAHASSEE, FL-7/3
 Bennett, Earl- CHI HOUSTON, TX-6/23
 Chaney, Jamar- PHI FORT PIERCE, FL-6/16
 Davis, Jason- RET CHICAGO, IL-7/14
 Fluellen, Andre- DET CARTERSVILLE, GA-6/30
 Gossett, Jeff- RET ALEDO, TX-7/20
 Hagler, Tyjuan- RET KANKAKEE, IL-6/2
 Harris, Arlen- RET SAINT PETERS, MO-7/21
 Harris, Leroy- TEN RALEIGH, NC-7/7
 Henderson, Eric- MIN MINNEAPOLIS, MN-6/19
 Holmes, Lester- RET JACKSON, MS-7/13
 Huggins, Kareem- RET IRVINGTON, NJ-7/7
 Jackson, Marlin- RET SHARON, PA-6/8
 Joseph, Davin- TB HALLANDALE, FL-7/13
 Lee, James- WAS BELLE GLADE, FL-6/9
 Marks, Sen'Derrick- TEN MOBILE, AL-6/23
 Martin, Sherrod- CAR GRIFFIN,GA-6/30
 McClain, Le'Ron- SD NORTHPORT, AL-6/30
 McGruder, Michael- RET ARLINGTON, TX-6/6
 McIntosh, Damion- RET FLORAL PARK, NY-7/28
 Mckelvin, Leodis- BUF WAYCROSS, GA-6/23
 Nicholas, Stephen- ATL JACKSONVILLE, FL-6/30
 Odom, Cliff- RET ARLINGTON, TX-7/27
 Okoye, Christian- KC KANSAS CITY, MO-6/22
 Ross, Dominique- RET JACKSONVILLE, FL-7/16
 Royal, Robert- RET NEW ORLEANS, LA-7/6
 Rucker, Keith- RET CINCINNATI, OH-5/26
 Skelton, John- ARZ EL PASO, TX-6/22
 Spiller, C. J.- BUF LAKE BUTLER, FL-7/13
 Tate, Ben- HOU SALISBURY, MD-6/16
 Thompson, Brandyn- WAS ELK GROVE, CA-6/16
 Torrence, Leigh- FA ATLANTA, GA-6/30
 Velasco, Fernando- TEN LOUISVILLE, GA-7/14
 Watson, Tim- RET ATLANTA, GA-6/30
 Wiley, Chuck- RET BAKER, LA-6/23

*denotes current NFL coaches receiving NFL Coach Camp Grants

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