The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: Do you have a child interested in playing football or are you looking for a way to keep them physically active? New England Patriots' Deion Branch is hosting a Skills & Drills Football Camp. The camp promotes health, sportsmanship and even scholastic achievement to further a child’s education. Super Bowl 39 MVP, current Patriots wide receiver and former University of Louisville star Branch believes in those same principles and he wants area youth to participate in his annual football camp. The Skills & Drills Camp is on Saturday, May 19th at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 am. The camp is for boys ages 7 to 18. The registration fee is only $50, which includes: lunch, goodie bag, t-shirt and personal instruction.
Branch along with some of his former teammates and friends will take youth through the basics of football along with some drills that area football teams go through. This will give them a chance to see what’s expected of them if they decide to play competitively in the future. Branch says “I never had the opportunity to experience camps when I was younger because my family could not afford them. I wanted to make the camp affordable and give the young men a solid foundation of support if they plan to pursue football as a sport. I had to learn on the fly because I didn’t have professional guidance when I first started and now I want to give our youth a head start and a real chance to succeed.”
The proceeds raised during the camp will benefit the Deion Branch Foundation.
The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical, emotional well-being and for those injected with meningitis. The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggle for children like Deion’s son. The foundation goal is to assist by providing programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the foundation go to www.deionbranchfoundation.org.
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