"Our son Matthew, age 11, was a completely different player this past season. He was focused, dedicated, and was a fearsome hitter, blocker and tackler. He was a two-way starter (Offensive and Defensive End, sometime Fullback, and Kicker) on the team that shocked their league by winning the City-wide championship in the Jr. Pee-Wee division (Big Apple Youth Football Conference, New York City). His team, the Downtown Giants (http://www.o-d.com/media/js/tiny_mce/www.downtowngiants.com) became champs in only their second year of existence, beating some very talented and well-established teams to take the title.
A few other players on the team attended the O-D camp on Long Island in July. We went to San Antonio so Matthew could spend time there with a friend of his from Dallas."
"My son loved it, loved the contact, and enjoyed his playing time. We hope to continue my son's development in his favorite sport. Thanks for O-D coming to Dallas."
"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you thanks again for your efforts with these young men. The story that you tell and the emphasis you put on academics is a welcome message in an athletic environment. Hunter loves to play football and is a good student, but I think your message was well received that he needs to work as hard in the classroom as he does on the field."
"I don't remember all the names but I will tell you that from the camp leader to all the coaches I interacted with I thought the camp was run very well and the intensity of the workouts was the best I've seen. The quality of the games at the end of the week was incredible for the short amount of time the kids and coaches had to prepare... GREAT JOB!!! We will be back in 2013..."
"I want to thank you all for putting together a Great experience for my son as well as the other children attending the Raleigh Camp. I'm sure things were not as smooth as they seemed, but the staff performed in a professional manner. My son Jalen had a wonderful time as did I, even in the scorching heat.
Training staff was excellent. Trisha was on the ball in an effort to keep the boys pieced together and safe in their activities. Coach Mabry ran a tight ship with very informative meetings and keeping the boys and Coaches on task. My son said he barely noticed I was there, which means the Coaching Staff and Father counselors were very effective in their efforts to teach our boys the game of football.
While I was impressed with the level of football IQ of all the Coaches, I really appreciate Coach Mason, Coach TC, and the other Coaches in that age bracket for how they were able to keep the boys engaged in the activities they were doing. Coach Mason gave Jalen reviews on the things he did well and the things he needs to improve on. As a Pop Warner MM Coach, I was able to gain a few tips to help me this coming season. Jalen and I look forward to many more years of O-D camps as well as the opportunity to play in the All-American game this year.
Milo Weems was very informative in his organizing this staff and how he interacted with parents. From getting out information about upcoming O-D events to how smoothly registration went. I was impressed with his approachabilty and his promptness with information requests. I look forward to working with next years Coaching staff and Milo as we all contribute to the progress of the boys in their quest to be Great Football Players.
"Just want to say thanks for a great camp. This was the first camp I watched from beginning to end. You should give thanks to the Coaches, they did a great job with the kids. I spoke with a few parents and they said this was the best camp ever in St Louis. Yes, this was a fabulous camp due to the coaches. I wish we could get same coaches for next year, I also think other parents feel the same way. If you have the opportunity to speak with the coaches please let them know how much they were appreciated. Now so much for the coaches, I do not want to leave you staff out. Coach Curtis and his staff did everything possible to ensure the best enjoyable camp for both kids and parents. Again, thanks and please pass this along to your coaches and staff."
"He got some great news lately as well. He was chosen for VTO Sports "Elite 100" and will be participating in their Division I A scouting match-up as a wide receiver. He has also been training at XXXX Sports with Antico Dalton of the 2002 New England Patriots who is impressed with Joey's footwork, sense of team play and agility. Joey told him that he credits a lot of what he does to what he learned at your Charlotte camp last year.
As a parent, I think your program is phenomenal in developing young men into total athletes; young men who are athletic, competitive, team-oriented and have a good sense of fair play. It's worked for Joey and is what I tell everyone with a son coming up who is interested in a worthwhile camp experience."
"Just wanted to thank Coach Mabry and his staff for an outstanding camp in Tampa this year. We were first time campers with O-D, our son wanted to overnight at a full contact camp. We traveled from Houston, Texas to attend the Tampa camp and would travel anywhere Coach Mabry is leading the camp. Our son gained valuable teaching, experience and confidence during his experience. Coach Mabry's ability to focus so much personal attention to that many players was a testament to his passion for the game and his desire to help every player develop.
At the conclusion to the camp our son told us to sign him up for next years camp, which we did and with this season underway he has shown marked improvement in his positions, can't wait to see him in camp this summer."
"I wanted to write you a letter to say thank you for all that you do. I have attended your football camps for 4 years. I have been fortunate enough to be selected as an All American during those years. I am a QB at home but each year I go to your camp and every year i try to learn a different position. I want to challenge myself and learn as much as I can. The first year I went by myself. The second year a few of my friends went. Last year 7 kids from my hometown came. Next year not only is my team coming but the president of my football league is asking Mr. Milow to come speak to my football program with hopes that the whole program is coming. I am so happy.
This year I was selected to the USA middle school team. I am telling you in this letter because I want to tell you what it means to me. I met Mr. Milow this year and he inspired me to be the best I could be. He checks to see how my grades are and he spoke with my league president to make sure I gave my best and was a good teammate. I scored 30 touchdowns this year. The first thing he asked me was how I did it. I told him because I have great teammates. I was talking about how my offensive line worked hard and how my wide receivers were so good. He stopped me and said told me I learned the most important thing in the game. He said sportsmanship, team work, and determination to be the best. He then said congratulations and told me I was selected to the USA team. My biggest award is being part of the O-D family that's helps be grow to be a great person!
I can not wait to be in Texas with all my friends. O-D is the best football camp in the world. O-D #1!!!"
"My son and I just recently attended your San Francisco camp, and I must say, although this was our first experience at camp, I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism and the effort put forth by your staff. It was an honor being a Father-Counselor and I can truly say that this was the best five days of our entire summer! My son truly learned alot about football, and it showed when he started playing this year. So the buzz has been about "this camp" that Puma (my son) attended and more parents are really interested in O-D, and now it looks like we have a group coming from our orginization. So if you could email me back about how group rates work, I would really appreciate it. The only problem is that although we will be together as a group, the parents wanted the autonomy of doing their own payments and being responsible for them. (I'm sure that will be no problem) But hey Sal, I'm looking forward to another fantastic five days of football next summer with O-D and your crew, so keep up the good work!"
"My son and I where driving on campus and we saw the OD camp setting up my son wanted to let you guys know he says thanks.He was the campership award winner in the 1st Ft.lauderdale camp and last season he became the leading single season rusher in Broward (Florida) history surpassing the previous record holder. He will be attending FAU and was the only rb sighned on scholarship. If you go on Youtube he has many highlight videos of the record breaking season."
"My Son (Ahmad Black) attended O-D camp and was Best Defense Player there. Now he plays for the Florida Gators as a safety,his first year starting he was selected All-Sec Second Team , also will be playing for the National Championships in College . He won two National High School Championships with Lakeland Dreadnaughts in 2005 & 2006."
"Good Morning, I just wanted to send an email Thank You to O-D for a great camp at New England this year. The Gillette Stadium experience was amazing. Although the weather was a drag, staff from O-D made the best of it. I understand you guys don't control the weather or the Patriots staff from doing construction. Once again Thanks for a great experience for my son.
Lastly, I would like to send a warm Thank You to Milow, this man is one of the nicest and caring individuals I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. This gentleman from Day 1 was there for the kids and keeping them going. He truly is a great mentor. My son still talks about him daily.
Thank You Milow."
"My son, Ricky, just finished camp today at the Carlsbad (San Diego) location. I just wanted to let you know what a perfect venue this location was. He has been to 5 O-D camps in 4 years and this was by far our favorite. I spoke to most all of the other parents and they all agreed. I suggested that they should let you know as well, but I'm not sure if they will. We all enjoyed the nice ocean breeze, the cooler temperatures, beautiful field, nice dorm facilities, convenient location of the cafeteria, multitude of activities surrounding the area, close proximity of restaurants and other facilities. I am not sure if you are considering this same location for next year, but I certainly hope you will. I heard a lot of fathers saying that they are going to bring more of their football players with them next year, now that they know what to expect. Most of the parents said that they will be back next year. Just thought you would like some feedback, as it was the first year there. Thanks for your time. See you in Orlando."
"My son, Jonathan, is at 2008 OD Williamsburg, I took some photos. Thought I would share. Thanks for all you do, last year was his very first year ever playing football and OD camp Williamburg 2007 got him ready for his VERY first season. I do not know how to thank you all for setting him up for success in a sport he obviously loves so very much. See his Dad has been essentially deployed for six years and I did not play football so Jonathan is truely an OD success story. His coach last year told me he was the most coachable child he had ever had, eager to learn, and excited to be a team player. Thank you for all you taught him, and continue to teach him this year. Every night he calls, he is tried, sore, and is learning that is really okay when you play football. Even better, last night he told me it was a good kind of pain, that is how he knows he is getting better. What a fine group of men you all are to help our sons on their path to manhood, you know it really shows. Again thank you."
"We love you guys and have loved your camp for 2 years now. Our kids had the best experiences there. Dr. Toomer taught my 8 yr old boy, Noah well. He has come into his own this year and developed a passion like never before. My older son Justus has become a more well-rounded player and a better kid because of what he has learned at O-D!
And Marty Fine is just the BEST!!! First Class!!
Both boys are playing in the Frisco Football League out here and doing well, but it has been a bit of a strain on us financially with both boys playing football out here in Texas. We just wanted to make sure they didn't miss an entire season. It's the main sport they love and we want to foster it no matter what it takes!! We enjoy watching them too!!!
Please know that we will always hold O-D close to our hearts! God Bless!"
"I just wanted to pass along my appreciation to all of you for working with my son at the Nashville camp these past days. I couldn't believe that he had the opportunity to be coached by Vernon Dean who played for the Redskins. What a great coach and a true inspiration for Connor. He's brought back some great training that will help the team this upcoming season. I was very impressed will all of the staff, their professionalism, and how hard they worked will all of the players. Connor came home tired but loved every minute and hated to see the camp end.
Thanks so much to all of the coaches and staff."
"Matthew is registered for his fifth consecutive O-D camp at NAU, Flagstaff, AZ.
He absolutely loves the O-D camp.
We sent the following camp info to his entire eighth grade team from Phoenix, inviting the boys to stay at our cabin (I handed out the O-D DVDs and brochures at the team banquet in December). I know of a few other boys who have or will register because of Matthew's endorsement (Attaway and Ducey families for sure). Two of the boys from his team I hope will join us are very talented players headed to Notre Dame Prep, which produced the senior who turned out to be a star linebacker for the west team in the O-D Bowl this year.
Matthew will be a freshman at Phoenix Brophy College Prep this fall. He is interested in the elite and select O-D camps for the future. You might recall I let you know he was an Football University All-American as an eighth grader this year, playing in the youth bowl game at San Antonio in conjunction with the high school senior Army All-American Bowl (Ray Lewis's son and Matthew were the only two who played both ways the entire game). He noticed O-D will be adding a youth game to its O-D Bowl as well. After an FBU camp in Phoenix this winter where his position coaches were Phil McConkey and Andre Rison, Matthew was invited to the Football University Top Gun camp in Florida this summer. O-D remains his favorite.
Matthew's primary position is wide receiver. He also plays defensive back, kicks and punts, returns kicks and punts, and can play RB and QB.
By the way, I am a judge and can speak to the boys about positive choices, etc., including the consequences of poor choices, should you need to fill any time. I hope to be around for most of the camp this year."
"My son, Christian, entered your camp with a dislike of football and football coaches after last season. Last season ended so bad he was thinking of quitting the sport and trying other team sports. I decided to send him to your camp because of the reviews I read in your testimonial section of your web site. It took a lot of convincing of my spouse to spend the money and send my son to your camp but persistence prevailed. I made a deal with my son that if he still did not like football after this camp I would allow him to find another sport. Christian traveled from Hawaii to participate in your camp and upon his arrival was surprised to find that this camp was truly about football and not fun and games. Christian entered the camp in phenomenal shape because of wrestling but found that it still wasn't enough. It took him about a day and a half to get used to the running but loved every minute of it. He hasn't stopped talking about everything he learned from your staff and how fun they made football again. He enjoyed rooming at USD and never complained about missing home. He was surprised on how fast the contact started but thought it was one of the best things about the camp. He has implemented the techniques he learned at your camp and in one day of practice with his new team impressed his new coaches. My son is only 12 years old and is shutting down freshmen receivers. Awesome job O-D and thank for helping my son to love this great sport again. He will be attending next year."
"I just wanted to pass along our families experience with Tampa OD Camp. Our son, Donovan, was a first time camper this year. He is 8 years old and we felt that OD camp based on friends recommendations was the place to go to help him develop and mature as a person and a player. I have to say that our experience was completely positive. Coach Mabry, JP and the entire staff were total professionals top to bottom. The depth of playing and coaching experience was second to none. I think people get to caught up in the whole NFL / Major College high profile coaches and players. This camp certainly had those high profile backgrounds but it also had a great mix of high school and small college coaches that had as much impact as any of the others.
So many of our kids will end up at Division 2 and 3 colleges as students and I believe having that element of coaching and personal experience is a critical piece of what makes OD camp so impactful. The OD staff is a great group from every corner of the country and every walk of life. Our son walked away from camp not only a better player but a better teammate. Intensity, attention to detail, understanding, empathy, really describe the entire camp staff and experience. We have told many of our friends that we would like to get a group of players from our youth football league to go together next year. It is worth every penny you will invest your son.
We really wanted to just say thank you to the entire group. I honestly have no criticisms it was an experience we will carry for a lifetime. I would like some information on being a father counselor next year. We want to take our experience to the next level and make a father / son getaway. I don't know what athletically my son will accomplish in his life but I know that structured camps focused on accountability, responsibility and discipline, like OD, will be applicable in everything he does as a human being. "
"Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that our son Matthew had another phenomenal experience at the St. John's football camp. This is his third year at the camp! Not much more can be said about the total professional and compassionate way Coach Fine and Coach Rodriguez ran the camp. Matthew received phenomenal instruction from all the OL/DL coaches, including Coach Riese and Coach Toomer. The attention and guidance Matthew received from his Extended Day counselor, Emile, did not go unnoticed and was greatly appreciated (Thanks again, Emile!). Great Camp, Great Coaches and Great Football!!! In fact, we think so much of O-D that Matt will be attending the New England and Long Island Camps later this month."
"Tom has attended O-D camps in the past, and now, as he enters his freshman year of college, he is attending college on a football scholarship. I contribute his success to the teachings of Offense Defense. I thank you very much."
"I wanted to follow up with to update you on Warren's progress this season. I contribute much of his success to the skills he acquired at the OD Select and Elite camps that he attended during the summer. Warren's school, Charles Herbert Flowers has had a successful 2009 season. They closed out the regular season with a 9-1 record and are the Prince Georges County 4A South champions. This Saturday, Nov 14, they face the one team that beat them during the regular season in the 1st round of the Regional's.
I invite you to view Warren's scouting report to see if he is the caliber of player that you are seeking for the OD Bowl game. The link below contains all of his information and some game footage.
Click the following link to view the NCSA Scouting Report link: http://tinyurl.com/ylqukdt"
"You should see your Indy location numbers jump significantly with this change.Our organization, Dad's Club, typically sends 8-10 kids each year. I believe that number will at least double. I have been getting a lot of inquiries already about available camps and I have been holding off 'advertising' until I got the final word from you on location. This is very good news, Sal. My sons will likely be attending the Indy camp AND one of the surrounding locations (Cincy, Chi, Nashville, St. Louis) depending on the dates.I appreciate your quick response."
I just want to let you know what a great experience my son and I had this year at the Bay Area O-D camp. This is the second year in a row my son and I have participated in this camp. I had so much fun last year, that I returned as a father counselor for this year.
Joe Blackwell, the O-D Coordinator, was a terrific coordinator and had the camp running smoothly. Joe was very personable and all of the father counselors enjoyed being around Joe. I truly believe that Joe's coaching background was a tremendous asset to how well the camp ran. Joe never hesitated to address and correct any issue. Joe's tireless work ethic and caring personality contributed to a successful event.
Coach RJ Lewis was a very inspirational and knowledgeable coach. The young men really enjoyed how Coach Lewis had his assistant coaches give inspirational speeches/talks with the boys at the end of the practices. I never heard one athlete complain about going to practice, doing drills, etc during this camp. The drills Coach Lewis ended every practice with was also very exciting for the boys and the spectators! Coach Lewis also had a very caring personality and could be seen on numerous occasions interacting and conversing with the athletes.
All of the assistant coaches were unbelievable as well. I was very happy to see Dr. Toomer return as a coach for the young group. Coach John (cannot remember his last name, but coaches for CMS) had unbelievable amounts of energy! I loved watching Coach John interact and instruct the "pups" and I know all of them loved having him as their coach too.
Joe Blackwell and Coach Lewis were amazing to work with and superb role models for all of the young men attending the camp. I am already looking forward to next year and hope to see Joe and Coach Lewis at the Bay Area O-D camp in 2014."
"Hello, my name is Michelle. My son went to your camp last year for the first time in the Cincinnati, Ohio location. We enjoyed the camp so well, I am trying to recruit more children to attend the camp next year (2008).
I was wondering if there are group pricing and what are the brackets? I currently have 4 children that want to attend but our Sports Banquet is tomorrow Friday. I would really like to speak to the parents about the Offense - Defense camp for next year. I would like to give the parents something to look at and entise them to go to your website.
Please let me know what I can do in order to get more children involved with your wonderful camp.
Thanks for all your help!"
"When I was in 6th grade a friend and I went to the Offense-Defense football camp at the University of Fairfield in Connecticut. There were a bunch of pros there serving as counselors - Dave Casper, the TE from the Raiders, an Eagles LB named Jerry Robinson, Mike Haynes, the great defensive back, Ron Yary, the big lineman from Minnesota, and Franco Harris.
It was great practicing with these guys as our "coaches." The moment I remember most, though, was an interaction I had with Tom Moore. It was after dinner one night and a bunch of us were just goofing around in the parking lot playing some 7-on-7 touch. Tom Moore - I didn't have any idea who he was at the time - came walking out of the cafeteria and passed us. He watched for a minute, and then when we huddled up he ducked his head in and said to the kid who was playing QB for us, "Throw a post route. They're playing you without a safety." Sure enough, when we broke the huddle there was no safety in the middle of the field and our QB hit one of our guys in stride for a touchdown.
I don't remember thanking Moore or speaking with him afterwards, but at meetings that night my friend pointed him out to Jerry Robinson and asked who he was. Robinson said, "That's the wide receivers coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He just won two Super Bowls, man." So I guess whether it's a parking lot or the NFL Tom Moore knows how to light up a defense."
"I wanted to provide you some feedback relative to the experience my son had. The camp exceeded all of my expectations as they pertain to: the football content, the accommodations, and the experience. Simply stated, my son arrived the individual he was on Sunday, and returned a different person all in a positive way and not only as it pertains to his football. I am forever grateful and will sing the praise of your camp to all."
"Just a quick note to complement you on your selection of coaches. My son attended the Denver camp and was primarily coached by Nick Oppenneer for defensive backs and Binkey Benton for running backs. After the camp I researched both coaches and learned of their football careers. Both coaches a known for their work ethic which resulted in successful football careers. Just the kind of guys I want teaching my kid. Since attending Offense Defense Camps for the last three years, my son's football skill has improved greatly. Thanks again for selecting the high quality coaches you do."
"We attended the Memphis camp. This was our son's first full contact camp. He already had one year experience with 3/4th grade. Attending O-D game him a boost and tools for the upcoming season. When 2012 came to an end, he had a total 550+ yards rushing, 6 touchdowns, over 26 solo tackles on defense, and 3 QB sacks. Thanks to all the coaches and staff at Offense-Defense!"