- Posted February 25, 2014 by
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Retired NFL player teaching student Athletes to Win
opportunities to speak to many parents and student athletes-- All wanting advice on the skills
it takes to make it in the NFL. As he traveled from city to city, he discovered that there was a commonality.
Parents and student-athletes either lacked resources or their resources were fragmented. There were many academic and sports programs around the country, but there wasn't a program outside of the school system that offered assistance with both academics
and sports under one umbrella. Thus, in 2009, 360° Football Academy opened its doors. We feature more than 20 NFL players as coaches.
Currently, the Academy is a resource center that provides an educational and recreational platform for student-athletes as they prepare for college and beyond.
On June 14-15, 2014 360 Football Academy hold their 360 Training Camp in Atlanta at Oglethorpe University in Buckhead. 2-Day Training camp teaches:
[On the field]
• Sport-specific practices and training
• 1-on-1 (D-line vs. O-line, RB vs. LB, DB vs. WR)
• Sports Performance – Train like the pros
• Individual Position work
• Team Drills
• Combine Preparation
• Combine Testing with results (40 yard dash, L-cone drill, bench press, broad jump, vertical jump, short shuttle)
• All timed drills will utilize the same electronic timing system used in the NFL combine
[In the classroom]
Students are taught about being a student athlete and all that goes along with that. We offer the following to help educate student athletes and parents of student athletes:
• SAT/ACT/PSAT: This is one of the most important first steps in getting into college. Many students are ill prepared for this very important set of tests. Knowing why and how to prepare for this step will help to relive some of the stress many student-athletes and their families have around this time.
• NCAA Compliance: This component teaches student athletes how they become eligible and stay eligible to attend and play sports at the collegiate level. Addressing NCAA Clearinghouse-Academic Standards - Recruiting - Initial-Eligibility Waivers – Amateurism
• College Recruiting 101: Leading collegiate recruiting resources and experienced scouting team will provide guidance to help student-athletes gain acceptance to the collegiate program that best fits their needs, with tips and insight on the recruiting process.
• Health & Wellness Education: Student athletes will be given information on how to take care of their bodies inside and out as it directly affects performance and overall health. Subject matter experts will address topics such as: what is good nutrition, stretching, the dangers of performance enhancing drugs, injury, rehab, etc
• Financial Literacy Education: 360 student-athletes are educated on matters including how to manage one's checking account, creating savings, check card issues, credit and other relevant information for young adults as they transition from high school into college.
• Parent’s Seminar: POPA ‘Parents of Professional Athletes’: is comprised of parents of professional athletes who are poised to share their personal experience and insight with the parents/guardians of 360 Legacy participants. The program will address expectations and challenges of athletes and their families, including a road map to success and obstacles to avoid.
• 360 Inner Circle: Students will hear from insiders of the game as current and former NFL athletes share their experiences and life lessons. The forum will cover topics such as overcoming adversity, choices and consequences, drug-free sports, living in the public eye, and life after football.
This thoroughly designed curriculum, balancing education and athletics, will provide each participant with a broader understanding of opportunities and knowledge that we as athletes may or may not have had the privilege of growing up with.
Visit www.360footballacademy.com for more information and to register.