"I would like to take a moment to thank you for the excellent experience that our son, Ryan had at your Kansas City Camp. I would like to specifically mention Coach Bryant, and the Head Coach from Arkansas, I apologize as his name escapes me. This was Ryan's fourth year attending your camp and I have already enrolled him in camp for next year. When we first went to our O-D Camp, the head coach stood up and addressed the boys and the parents and said words to the effect "We will focus on making your sons better men, better team mates and finally better football players." After four years of camps, I am so pleased that you have stayed true to your core values. The head coach from Arkansas outlined these tenants in his opening speech, much like the one we heard four years ago. This philosophy was demonstrated repeatedly by Coach Bryant and staff. It was an absolute pleasure this year. I really also liked how the Head Coach talked to the boys, not so much about playing in the NFL, but by using football as a media in which to pay for college. As a parent, I do not hold out hope that my son will play in the NFL, but being pragmatic, I would like to see my boy play in college.
Thank you for an outstanding experience"
"My husband and I would like to thank you and the OD organization. Our son John who attended the July 6th camp at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh enjoyed the camp. This was his first camp ever. He has been playing football since he was about 9 years old. His self-esteem sky rocketed after the camp. Before this camp he had very low self-esteem. He did not work to his full potential. He is currently in high school football practices and he remembers so much from the camp and is using those techniques. The high school coaches and parents have noticed a big change in him, of course for the better. He practices well above 110%.
All of this is all thanks to you, the coaches at the Pittsburgh Camp and the OD organization!!!!
He already signed up for next year's camp and is looking forward the OD Select Camp, which he was one of the players selected. His younger brother, age 14, who also plays football regrets not going to the Pittsburgh camp. He is looking forward to signing up in 2008 and is encouraging his friends and teammates of the 9th grade football team to consider signing up."
"Hello, I am not sure this is going to the correct email address but I wanted to give my comments concerning the camp. My son (Joseph Russum) attended the camp in Tampa and I can't tell you how great the camp was. I felt the coaches did an excellent job and coach Mabry did a great job of keeping the intensity level high. We are currently at the Elite camp in Atlanta and again he is getting excellent coaching and technique training from the offensive line coach here.
It is refreshing to see coaches spend the time needed to teach proper technique. I can honestly say he has learned more during the past few weeks at these two camps then he has in several years of playing Rec/county/Pop Warner football. I am letting everyone know what a great job O-D Football Camp is doing. GREAT JOB!!!!"
"We would like to first thank you for giving our son Elijah the opportunity to play in the Youth O-D BOWL. At this years Atlanta camp Elijah trained with the Senior campers because he was entering the 9th grade and wanted to get challenged and prepared for JV try outs. I'm not sure how that affect his status or the age requirement for the youth bowl. We also want to give thanks to OFFENSE DEFENSE for several years of great football training for our son. Elijah has accomplished great things with the help of OFFENSE DEFENSE.
Elijah is 13 and will be 14 years of age in November. This school year he entered the 9th grade. We expected Elijah to go out for the JV football team and due to all his hard work and training from O-D he ended up making the Varsity team as a 9th grader. Elijah is now playing RB AND DB. He is getting a significant amount of playing time on both sides of the ball and special teams. The first game of the season he scored his first Varsity touch down!!! Elijah received his first start last Friday night at the defensive back position and did very well. Again we just want to thank O-D for years of great training..."
"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!"
"We had a great experience at the Offense-Defense Football Camp in Los Angeles, CA this week with me as a counselor and my son a camper. We signed up to return again next year before the camp ended and will be back every year to gain the knowledge shared. There were outstanding coaches and players there and we both grew as coach and player. The coaching staff was absolutely amazing and included NFL Super Bowl Champion Amani Toomer's father Donald Toomer. Stephen earned MVP at the linebacker position and will be playing in the Offense-Defense All American Game in Orlando, Florida after our Pop Warner season."
"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."
"Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much we appreciate O-D. According to Maxpreps, Micheal is ranked #1 in tackles so far this season in Texas and #12 in the country. Micheal has attended OD since he was 10 years old and he's now a Junior at Irving HS.
As Micheal gets older, the things he's learned at O-D become more valuable. He's more aware of the competition and keeps his feet on solid ground because he knows there is always something else he should learn in order to be a better player.
We look forward to seeing you all again next summer as he enters his Senior year. Please pass on our thanks to the coaches who worked with Mike at Select Camp in Dallas this last summer."
"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."
"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."
"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for letting me be a part of the OD camp this weekend. It was great to be around like minded men coaching with the best interest being the young athlete at hand. Also, I commend you for taking a stand for Christ and I am honored to stand with you. What I did not realize on Sunday morning, until you informed us, was that the chapel was the first in OD Sports history. God will bless you for taking a stand!
Also, I am honored to be a part of OD Prep. There is a great need to aid and assist young players in getting to the next level, opening a door for them to get a college education."
"Any camp, any drill, any rep that helps a player become a better player is beneficial, if he uses it. You can find faults in any camp but O-D focus on them ahead of time, therefore there are few. Use what you learned, apply it in season, make big plays, and keep working each day to be a better player, teammate and person."
"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."
"My son originally began at o-d camps in Kansas City, then at Central Missouri for the KC area camp, and finished 3 years at camp at Nashville, all of which were week residence. At the end of his Senior year in 2010 he was an all-state center in Kansas, and was all league and region for 3 years. Because of his height he was recruited primarily by Div 2 and 3 universities, and signed with Emporia State University of the MIAA which is one of 3 premier conferences. His junior and senior red shirt years he started at center, and was named both years as Honorable Mention all-conference. When we were done I asked him to what, other than his work ethic and attitude, he attributed his success to. He replied emphatically "what I was taught at my years at O-D"...I think there no better testimonial than that."
"I wanted to say thank you for all of your help, support, and patience with the coordination of the Youth All American Football Bowl in assisting the parents by making hotel arrangements, to emailing schedules, to just making sure we had directions.
This was my son, Israel Strickland (#6 on Team 5 East) first year and he had a blast and is looking forward to camp this year. He has been to the O-D Camp with his father (father counselor) for the past 3 - 4 years and has enjoyed it. I've been trying to convince him to try the O-D camp in Florida but he insists that Nashville, TN is the best although the only other O-D camp he has been to is Atlanta, but that's okay as long as he enjoys it and learns much.
Again, seeing the light in his eyes as he stood on the sideline freezing from the cold weather waiting to get into the game to hit somebody was worth me driving over 400+ miles, hands and feet turning into icicles as I cheered for the East and laughing as the little people tackled and ran the ball in hopes of a touchdown. I say my son had a blast but in all honesty, I think we had more fun just being a part of this wonderful event. As a result, I think we have convinced my nephew to attend the Nashville, TN camp with my son this year. All he could think about was being able to attend the Youth All American Bowl himself next year. Yes, we explained to him that it is by the coach's selection (invitation only) but he didn't care.
Again, thank you and the O-D staff for making this a memorable New Year's for my son and we look forward to speaking with you again in the near future."
"We have enjoyed the O-D experience, and plan to make this a yearly obligation until Joshua's too old to attend. I have to say, that I personally can see the difference in the kids in our group who attended camp, and those who have never been to O-D camp. Joshua was always a good player, but now he is a great player. Also his new abilities have made his game safer for him and his team mates because he now uses the proper techniques when he plays. As a parent I would like to see more kids attend O-D, if not for the betterment of their game, then for the added safety and reduced injuries that comes with using proper techniques on the field."
"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!!"
"I am writing for FAMFA (Franklin Area Midget Football Association). My son attended your camp last year and will be attending again - but since he enjoyed it so much he has told many other kids in the organization. We were wondering if there was any sort of group rate available for Midget Football organizations? We would be interested in the Pittsburgh camp."
"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."
"We look forward to Camp this summer, and can not Thank OD enough for the development of my son John through the many years of attending OD camp from the instruction and coaching.
My son John, will be a Senior in High School this fall and this will be his final year of camp at OD unfortunately, after 5years of attending camp this will be the 6th year in a row - and the one that will have the most meaning.
Maybe OD should single out - or do something special or recognize for those @ camp that will be making it there final year because they are seniors, and are not able to attend any more.
Because of OD, and the caliber of coaching he has received from OD, he has played at the Varsity High School level since he was a Sophomore - Last year @ OD camp had a goal and a mission in wanting receive the distinguished OD Camp Most Outstanding Player for Offensive & Defensive line, and at the end of the camp in 2007 - he was awarded just that ! ( Hopefully ) he can do it again !
The main reason for my communication is to let all of you @ OD know how grateful we are for the influence you have made in his performance as well as confidence. I also wanted to know if there was anything additional you offer, that he can attend in addition to the regular OD camp - that he can participate in to extend his knowledge and expierence.
Again this will be his final year, and we wanted to get the very most of everything, being this will be his Senior year - preparing him for college and any opportunities they may come along to continue playing Football at the college level - possably. For the most part preparing him for his Senior year is most important, as we will take one step at a time, and whatever comes from that , evaluate it at that time as it comes.
Again, Thank you again OD, it has been some outstanding years being part of a great organization, and have talked to everyone I know about the expierence and highly recommend your program.
We will never forget where we came from, and I know from the years past , there was never a year that my son did not ask me, If I had signed him yet ! As he looked forward to it every year - and he and I will miss it !
We look forward to seeing you at OD Tampa camp!"
"Hey, you all in OD Customer Service are great...thanks!!
WOW! I love you guys! Communication and ease of signing up as well as obtaining information has been super. I truly hope my son will want to attend this camp every year."
"I would like to thank the entire coaching staff for a great job well done. This past summer my 13 year old son attended the Austin, TX. camp for the first time and had an outstanding week. He learned and conditioned his football skills and most of all made him a stronger leader for his new football team. He now plays starting quarterback and defensive linebacker for his new team and enjoys playing both position.
As a parent, I want to thank the organization for the scholarship that he received and will definitely see you guys next summer."
"My 9 year old son, Parker, attended the OD Camp in Chicago, IL. He had a wonderful time and the coaches were TOP NOTCH!! We were thrilled with his experience and can't wait for next year!
Football Season just got underway for Parker here in South Elgin, IL. This is Parker's 4th season playing and the second season with the same coach. The coach came to my husband and I last night and told us he was blown away by Parker. He said he sees so much more confidence in him since last season, his technique was awesome, his burst speed improved and his tackling is STELLAR....there was not a kid that got past him last night and he put a hurt on kids that had a good 20 pounds on him! The only difference from last year is that he attended your camp! My husband and I both agree that your camp gave him much improved technique and confidence. We not only will be back (we will be seeing y'all for the bowl game at New Years) next year, but we are going to recommend you to all our FOOTBALL FRIENDS!!!
Please thank the coaches and staff for us! See y'all at the O-D bowl!"
"Just to let you know, we sent the 10 kids from our North Port Mustangs Pop Warner organization ranging from Mitey Mite level to Midget Level, Our Mustang Organization in the Peace River Conference is 25-0 with only 64 points that have been allowed. I know everybody in the organization did not attend, but guess who the standout players are this year. Miles Hayes, Tommy Joyce, Thomas Joyce, Zach Fryar, Cade Koerick, Mark Urtz, Devon Allen, Timmy Joyce who had an injury at the first of the season but is getting in the mix now. The players who came to the camp!"
"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!!!"
"Here in about a month I am going to send you our Football Tackle Roster of all divisions. You might want to make sure everyone is on your mailing list. Only thing our head coach asks is do not sell our names...for your use only. Plan to show your CD at our banquet on Nov 22nd. We will try to get a few more players at camp this year.
My son is having a great year, many touchdowns as receiver, picks and tackles as SS on D and even two runbacks on Kick return. Our Six 7th & 8th grade coaches voted him MVP this year....he does not know it yet:), but will get his trophy at our banquet. I can say that OD really makes a difference in his play. Its a great way to get him started each year and he learns a lot at camp....He leads his team as a captain and the younger player in our organization think he is a greek god. OD has helped make him the player he is today, and taught him how to lead and set examples."
"I wanted to thank the staff of OD for another wonderful football camp. Our son, Jonathan, was clearly prepared for Pop Warner from this camp. This was so much so that we influenced two other boys' parents to come this year.
The highlight for my son was Coach Williams. He is a wonderful coach and is so passionate about these boys developing their talent. What a blessing to have him!
We are planning on coming back next year to have Coach Williams teach our son better techniques and will influence as many parents in following suit.
Thank you for all you do and please give our special thanks to Coach Williams.
"Thought you would like a follow up to the young man you send this email to every year. He is now a United States Marine, Lcpl Justin S. M. left yesterday to serve his country on the front lines of the War on Global Terrorism. He has often said that the training he received from football camp was the reason he could survive and excel at boot camp and during extensive training. One of his Drill Instructors once asked him why he was excelling when others were not, he told them boot camp was nothing compared to football camp and football training lol. Thank you for preparing my son for what would have been that much harder with out your training and your dedication to teaching him and other young men about disciple, structure and of course Honor, Courage and Commitment. Justin was in college on a football scholarship when he decided to join the Marines, so your program was successful on so many levels."
"YES MOST DEFINITELY!!! We are Part of Naples Hurricanes Pop Warner Football Assoc here in Naples. . . . I know that we are getting a large group together this year . . . I know that our President has already spoken to someone over there at OD. Looking forward to this year's camp.
You have the best run camp, my son loved it last year!!!"
"I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the Tampa camp. Coach Mabry and the entire staff was outstanding! The camp and each session started promptly and the instruction and coaching from everyone was superlative. Coach Mabry was quite strict and his style was exactly what my 10 year old son and all of the campers needed. What was equally and perhaps more impressive was Coach Mabry's obvious and sincere care and love for the kids. He was very hard when the situation called for it and likewise compassionate when necessary. The same traits were displayed by each member of his staff. I was on the sideline every day and this approach was consistent from the opening to the closing whistle.
Thank-you for a great camp!"