Football Camp Testimonials

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Football Camp Testimonials

"I've been bringing my kids to O-D football for a long time. I started attending camp with my oldest son Najja Johnson. Najja is now 21 years of age and play division 1 football at University of Buffalo. He enjoyed his O-D experience every year. I now have a ten year old son, Taji Johnson. Taji started O-D experience at seven years old. Taji attended Rochester 2009, Charlotte 2010, Orlando 2011 and this year Raleigh camp. We live in Atlanta GA. but I allow him to pick the city he wants to attend every year. Our experience at Raleigh was tremendous. He really enjoyed the camp. We will be signing up for the roll over program looking forward to next year.

I want to acknowledge some outstanding employee I seen this year. First of all, there was a trainer there name Trisha. I noticed day one that she worked her "tail off". The temperature was in the high nineties and kids dehydrated very early in the camp. She treated every kid with a personal touch. Late in the evening of day two, Taji twisted a knee during the Oklahoma drill. She quickly assisted him, checked the knee and immediately iced the knee. Her tent was full of injured kids when Taji showed up. Still, she attended to his need very promptly. All week the trainer at this camp showed patience and knowledge. She did outstanding job.

Coach Ronnie Mason and Coach TC, youth 7 to 10 years olds also did a great job. Both coaches showed patience needed to work with young players. They were fair and gave each kids a chance to perform."

"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."

"My son attended the OD Camp in Nashville this year, marking three years with OD. The staff and coaches were great as always. I'd like to commend Mark Skradski for his work and enthusiasm during this event. He was incredibly personable and had a refreshing sense of humor. He was also easy to identify with, as he himself is a consumer of your product. He spoke to me about volunteering next year as a father counselor, which I am amenable to, providing I get to work with him and the other wonderful staff on hand.

Thanks again for putting on this camp and vying for a facility as nice as TSU's."

"Wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to you and all of the O-D staff.

Anthony had a fantastic time at all 3 O-D camps that he attended. Just as we were told, once he stepped foot back on his high school football field is when he - and his coaches - noticed the difference that O-D camps made in Anthony as an athlete. This week is their 2 a day practices. He is at football practice from 7AM - 6PM with a couple hours for lunch and a break in the middle of the day. In the past, Anthony thought that the "2 a day" week was really a tough week. After O-D camps, he is amazed at how well prepared and conditioned his is this year compared to years past.

There are a couple of other big changes that are directly related to O-D camps. Last Friday, the day after we got home from Elite camp, was a training day for our high school team. Anthony ran his 40 in 4.81. He also ran the 800 in 2.49. For a 225 lb lineman, the coaches were pretty happy. They also noticed that his fundamentals had improved greatly.

Anthony has been a starting offensive lineman the last 2 years. His hope was to play more defense. At the O-D camps, all the coaches were telling him he should be a defensive end or tackle. They all seemed to have conversations with him about his potential as a running back. Apparently his high school coaches noticed the same things after his training with O-D. Without Anthony saying a word, they moved him to tackle. Even more amazing, Anthony practiced at running back today.

I can't express to you and the rest of the staff how much we appreciate all that you do. Without the camp experiences, training, and coaching, Anthony would not have had the same opportunities. His coaches also commented today on how fast he was learning anything and everything new they were teaching him. He told them it was because of the O-D camps, "You just learn to pick it up fast at O-D".

We'll be sending along film soon. Our first game is going to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Should be a great day for game footage."

"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"

"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."

"Hi! My son Ryan just attended the Hofstra LI camp - he is trying out for Freshman Football - and NEVER played football in his life. Needless to say - we were all a bit nervous about camp!

From my first phone call and speaking with Karen and others, to working with John and the young gentlemen who fitted us with his rented equipment, to the those at the camp store to each and every one of his coaches - including of course, Coach Brian Mabry - the experience was amazing! Each coach really took the time to make a personalized evaluation, and worked to make him the best he could be. They knew he was a first timer - but did not baby him.

That not only gave him skills - but also a sense of pride in his accomplishments. And those who worked the sidelines were always there to give him a pat on the back or tell him job well done. Camp was BIG - but the care and attention given made is feel very personal. Thanks OD- for giving my guy a summer experience i know he will always be proud of!

Whether Ryan makes the team - or even goes on to JV - I know he came out a better young man because of his experience. :)

Warmest regards,"

"I hope you are well. Congrats on another great O-D Bowl. It brought back a lot of memories.

Ryan is at ASU now. They are very excited top have him and I am excited to have him home. : )

Thank you again for the opportunity you gave him and he did not disappoint!"

"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."

"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."

"I just wanted to thank you again for all your efforts related to my son, Danny. He had a great time attending the Atlanta O-D camp in June. It was his first time at a football camp, and he learned a lot from the staff - the coaches were top notch. They introduced him to the proper techniques for each position, as well as providing him with feedback on the finer points to work on. He also enjoyed getting to know the other campers; it helped to have a couple of buddies to talk to while running those drills!

I want to thank you for all your help retrieving Danny's medical records from your files and faxing them to me so quickly. It really helped with getting him registered here for his fall youth league. You found the form so fast I had it in time for the first sign-ups. I called completely out of the blue, and this was no small task either, with so many forms to look through. I know you had to search several different ways in the computer system to find him, and I appreciate your taking the time to help me out. You went out of your way and it meant so much to our family.

The first week of fall practice is just finishing up and my son is doing well - his coaches have complemented him on his work, which makes him feel great. So I would recommend the O-D camp to anyone looking for a fun way to learn football. You have the best team of operators - from on the field to in the back office. The results are easy to see."

"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."

"W.O.W! (What outstanding work!) I would like to personally thank you for a job well done. Our boys had the privilege of being a part of your football camp at Cowboys stadium. And we will be back next year.

This is Emilio's third year and Patrick's second year (with a year in between break). I can honestly tell you this year has been the best experience we ever had with the camp. It was extremely organized and the communications throughout the camp was top notch.

What impressed me the most were the coaches! The quality of coaching was expected based on the outstanding resumes of each coach. What made this camp first class was the passion and love each coach poured into the Athletes! As a spectator I noticed it was like a party on the field. Everyone one dancing and giving high fives for jobs well done. And personal encouragement when the game play did not go according to plan. Each coach was uplifting and became valued mentors to the athletes. My youngest son now has renewed love for the game - thank you.

Coach "Happy" Bryan and of course Milow really played an important role to our athletes as well as the parents. They were very visible and approachable. During the awards ceremony it was obvious have much the athletes appreciated and respected them as they would chant their names. It was a joy to hear their love for these men!

Bill Bates has always been a role model athlete of mine! After getting to know him better during camp I understand why. He is truly amazing! My sons did not know who he was. However the stories he told them left an impression that will be with them for a lifetime. My sons embraced all the things Coach Bates was saying to the point where they can recite the stories back to us. They were inspired by him to do the right thing. You could not have had a better head coach out there. It will be hard to beat next year.

Kudos to all those involved - it is a lot of hard work but it all worth it in the end."

"I just can't thank you and your O-D staff and coaches enough for helping my son, Fabian, develop into a fine football player. His fundamentals on both sides of the ball are a noticeable step ahead of his competitors thanks to you folks.

Because of O-D football, Fabian absolutely dominated in his Junior Varsity high school season, not only on defense but also at the running back position of all things, to help his team 3peat, culminating in a 5 touchdown 348 yard performance in his Regional Championship and a 3 touchdown, 203 yard performance in the Central Bowl victory the following week."

"My son Hunter attended your Chicago camp this year and it is amazing the difference in his confidence and ability this year. I was kind of leary about sending him to your camp but I am sure glad I did because I am sure it is the reason he has become such a force on the field (I have people asking me every week what brought the change in him, and I tell them it was your camp). I just wanted to say thanks and let you know he'll be back, he not only learned alot but he also had a good time."

"Your Program is the bomb...we loved it. My son Tyler is now the starting QB in the select league. He beat out 9 other kids, 3 of which were much bigger. I look forward to next time."

"This was my sons first year of OD Camp. It is quite expensive especially for a single mother, but we managed it and it was worth it. He was an overnight camper as we live on an island in the Pacific Northwest and travel to and from camp each day is not an option. It was a great camp, my son really enjoyed it. The accomodations were great, the meal options worked out wonderfully and parking and access were fantastic. I've already signed him up again for camp next year. Please have the camp at PLU again next year. It was fantastic."

"I would like to write you with the news of Nick L. He attended the Pensacola camp and loved it. O-D has given him the confidence he needed to push himself more and help others. The knowledge that he received was priceless. He attended the school football camp in the second week of July. The head coach told us that he could definitely tell that he went to O-D Camp. He is at the top of his team for knowledge, skill, and the ability to help others. I cannot thank O-D Camp enough for the discipline, skills, sportsmanship, and drive that they have given my son. He has met many new boys that he is keeping in touch with. Nick will definitely be attending next year. I know the camp was only for a few days, but he came back a new child. I look forward to helping O-D recruit new members in the years to come.

THANK YOU O-D!!!"

"Thanks for the note, My son (Ty) has been at the camp the last 2 years and we love it. He will most likely do the O-D day camp for 2 weeks this summer."

"I have just returned from Atlanta, Georgia, where Offense-Defense held their full contact youth football camp at Oglethorpe University. I had the pleasure of hearing camp co-owner Rick Whittier speak to the parents of campers, and it's safe to say that O-D runs a very good football camp. The camp boasts a 10:1 ratio of campers to coaches, and there are plenty of camp counselors that oversee the dorms for overnight campers. The athletes are pushed to work hard on the field, listen, and improve upon the skill level at their position. There is a strong emphasis on fundamentals and getting the little things right, making good players great. Coaches also provide a detailed evaluation of each camper provided at the end of the week.
Player safety is obviously very important at each camp, which are hosted in cities nationwide, and Mr. Whittier cited that his camps rarely have any problems.

The coaches are legitimate NFL, college, and high school coaches who really know their stuff, and the staff is definitely there to teach football and help build character in the young campers. I would recommend the camp to any parent."

"Thanks for all your help at the O-D Bowl. Despite all of the chaos, you managed to maintain a positive attitude and bubbly personality (I think I would have lost my mind a few times lol). My son really loved it and can't wait to have the opportunity to return again. It was an experience he will definitely NEVER forget."

"Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you what a great football camp you had at Indy last week. Our thirteen year old has been doing an O-D camp every summer now for the last four years - usually the Kansas City camp at Warrensburg, Missouri - but the extra effort involved in sending him to Indianapolis was well worth it.

GREAT coaching staff - good venue - and a lot of attention to detail by Bo and the entire staff. Most detailed evaluation sheet we have ever received! An extra plus was having Dave Ritchie there. We have a summer house in Manitoba and have been Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans for years. It meant a lot to Cristen to be able to visit and spend time with Coach Ritchie at camp and they apparently really hit it off as Dave sent him some of his old Bomber' Coaches gear after he returned to Pennsylvania. We see that Coach Ritchie is helping with some of your other camps this summer and we hope he is available and that you will be able to bring him back next year (at least for Indy). He was really accessible and inspiring not only to Cristen but to the other campers as well! What a great guy!!! I hope you keep it going!!"

"Thanks for the great experience for my son. He is only seven and will be starting pop warner tomorrow. I am anxious to see how this has helped to prepare him for his first full contact season.

We already signed for next summer in san antonio."

"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!"

"Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you what a great football camp you had at Indy last week. Our thirteen year old has been doing an O-D camp every summer now for the last four years - usually the Kansas City camp at Warrensburg, Missouri - but the extra effort involved in sending him to Indianapolis was well worth it.

GREAT coaching staff - good venue - and a lot of attention to detail by Bo and the entire staff. Most detailed evaluation sheet we have ever received! An extra plus was having Dave Ritchie there. We have a summer house in Manitoba and have been Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans for years. It meant a lot to Cristen to be able to visit and spend time with Coach Ritchie at camp and they apparently really hit it off as Dave sent him some of his old Bomber' Coaches gear after he returned to Pennsylvania. We see that Coach Ritchie is helping with some of your other camps this summer and we hope he is available and that you will be able to bring him back next year (at least for Indy). He was really accessible and inspiring not only to Cristen but to the other campers as well! What a great guy!!! I hope you keep it going!!"

"And Thank You Sal and O-D Sports. This was Anthony's first experience of football camp. He had a blast and got fit all at the same time. My son Anthony and I will plan to return in 2009. Thank you for the opportunity you made available for us."

"My son and I attended your camp in Portland, OR. We are from Tacoma, WA (Near Seattle, WA). I was a father counselor last year and really enjoy myself and how your camp was set up. My son going into High School really took alot away from your camp. Now the reason I am writing is that I am a youth football head coach and I really liked how there is a full contact camp out there for the young players of today. I like the different skills that were taught and how intense it was. I was talking to my assistant coach during our football season and how the O-D camp help my son and when I told them that the camp starts with 7 yrs old they wanted to know more. I was looking to bring down about 15+ kids depending out parents. I seen that year a coach brought 7 of his players down and this would be a great experience for my boys.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response."

"We wanted to personally (via email) thank you for the outstanding job that your staff at O-D camp is doing with the players. Our son is currently attending the Lawrenceville camp and is having the best time! Our son has attended the O-D camps for the past four years at both the Long Island and New Jersey locations. Each year the staff is consistently pleasant and welcoming to the parents. Each year he has received the best training and has improved in his skills and confidence level. Not only has he become a better player, his knowledge of the game has increased. The best part for our son is also the opportunity to meet players, coaches and professional athletes from across the country. The best part for my wife and I, especially my wife, is knowing that he is in good hands and safe at all times.

We often recommend O-D Football camp to all of my friends with kids involved in football. Keep up the good job!"

"I just want you to know what a GREAT impact you have made on my son. Everyone from checking in, to going to the O-D store to meeting Coach Fonago was such a pleasant experience. I only get one chance at raising my son right and I plan on using every tool I can. O-D camp is one awesome tool and I would highly recommend this camp to anyone. I do know it is expensive but the things presented and taught at your camp are priceless. You all are such an awesome team and I really look forward to sending L. again next year to O-D camp. Thanks for taking the time to make such a great impact on my son. And if along the way you can take a moment and give L. another encouraging word, I know I would appreciate it and I think he would too."

"My Son, Layne has attended your camps (Indianapolis & Pensacola) for the past two years and is the starting QB for the All-Star team, and I have been asked by countless number of parents how did he get that good, and my response is always "O-D and hard work"!"