Michael Irvin Playmakers Academy Training Camp 2016
Last July, the 1st Playmakers Academy Training Camp for young football players aged 7-18 was held at the University of Texas campus. The unique football camp was headed by Hall of Fame Wide Receiver and NFL analyst, Michael Irvin, who welcomed experienced players as well as those new to playing football.
The highlight of the camp activities was The Playmaker Forum: Leadership + Adversity session held Saturday night at the Gateway Center at the UNT campus. Troy Vincent, Pro Bowl Defensive Back and current Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the NFL, spoke alongside Michael Irvin about sports, their experiences in professional life as well as their personal experiences of facing adversity and how they tackled each obstacle as an opportunity for growth. After their talk, the floor was opened for questions where topics about what it takes to develop character and skills in personal and professional lives were discussed further.
Michael Irvin says, “I am humbled to be in a position to share my story with others and to be part of necessary discussions on the challenges we face in our lives.”
During the four-day intensive, the kids received in-depth instructions, lectures and demonstrations from an experienced coaching staff and also learned from the life lessons shared by and discussed with actual, experienced professionals in the sport.
Professional players and the coaching staff know from experience that proper techniques make better athletes and good athletes great! The Playmakers Academy Training Camp provided the players with the best trainers. Michael Irvin was joined by Nate Newton, Damien Wilson, and Darren Woodson also on the field to assist in the live field practices.
These pros’ and the trainees’ families provided encouragement coupled with an enormous amount of enthusiasm for the players. Parents were always on hand to watch the practices during the camp. The campers’ parents and relatives all enjoyed attending the final practice and awards ceremony on the last day of the Playmakers Academy Training Camp.
Every camper went home a better football player. Many parents felt that the unique training camp had provided their children not just knowledge and basic skills on the game of football, but in addition, they also learned about teamwork, consideration for others, self-discipline and how to harness their potential in sports to become better players and how to apply this knowledge and these techniques to their life as a whole.