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We receive so much positive feedback from our campers, parents, coaches, and alumni that we can't fit it all on one page! Below you'll find a few picked at random. Refresh the page to view more.

Football Camp Testimonials

"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."

"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"!"

"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!"

"He is absolutely loving it. He has learned a lot. He really enjoyed meeting the NFL pro's and all the coaches for the week. He was thrilled to see Ray Lewis from the Baltimore Ravens (that's his and dad's fav team). It has been a great experience for him and his football goals. He wants to come back next year as an overnight camper and I have been really impressed with the program. I'm sure TJ will become a regular at the Raleigh, NC camp if you continue to bring it to us!! Thanks so much for the wonderful experience.

Way to go everyone!"

"I had sent my son Nik to this camp at Radnor College camp outside of Philadelphia. He was 12 years old just turned 13 on the 4th of July and all I can say is what a difference in his personal attitude it made. He has changed for the better and he learned a lot! Aside from the home sickness this was a fantastic camp for him, the only wish is that the enrollment was larger so he could have had more of a chance to practice with more kids his age and size. He learned a lot from the older kids and said how helpful and patient that they were and that the coaches were very good.

I look forward to sending him again next year either to that camp or one in Hamilton NJ. Thanks for the chance to let me email you and let you know how impressed I was with the caliber of the coaches and the way they dealt with the kids! This was the very first time I have ever seen my son truly worn out physically and he enjoyed every minute of it! You guys run a class camp and I look forward to sending my son next year!"

"Our 8 year old son, Matthew S., just finished up at the Long Island Camp (at St. John's) and all we can say is "WOW!" You guys really know what you are doing when it comes to football and, more importantly, you understand how to deal with the whole child. Matthew loves football but has traits of autism/Asperger's so we were a little apprehensive about sending him to such an intensive football camp.

We signed him up as a Day Camper, but, halfway through the first day, we realized how open and sensitive the senior management (Coach Fine and extended day Coach Lanny), the field coaches (special thanks to Coach Flo and Coach Toomer) and counselors (too many to name) were to a child with these issues so we immediately signed him up for the extended day program. This was the best decision we made. Coach Flo was generous in spirit and very accommodating, and Matthew thrived with the added attention. Matthew was on Coach Toomer's team and Coach Toomer continued to encourage him, and to bring out the best in him.

The Camp not only vastly improved his football skills for this upcoming season but, for sure, the positive reinforcement and social experiences he had are immeasurable."

"My son Dillon just attended O-D football camp in Boston. We just wanted to say thank you to all the coaches and staff, they were all wonderful. Dillon not only had fun but he learned so much. He can't wait to do it again.

Dillon also got invited to play in Myrtle Beach and we wanted to know when we will get info about that? So we can start to plan for it."

"I'd like to thank your entire organization for the fine camp you conducted in San Francisco recently. My 14 year old son attended and I was able to observe many of the practices. I have a background of playing and coaching football at the high school and college level (more than 30 years) and I observed the following at this camp:

1. The organization was great and the 5 days of practice would seem to convert to a month of practices at the high school level. My son was able to learn skills and techniques that I thought could only be taught at the college level.

2. Not only were football skills and techniques taught, but there were many occasions where coaches were teaching and lecturing about life skills as well. At one practice I overheard one of the coaches lecturing about the importance of doing the right things-- even when you're away from your parents. I know that my son was listening keenly to this coach lecture as he told me several times how much he liked him and what a great man he was.

3. I was extremely impressed with the encouragement given to the kids by the coaches. Never once did I observe any evidence of ridicule or unreasonable expectations.

Lastly, I would like to thank each and every one of the coaches that took the time to coach and encourage my son. I don't know them by name, but there were several that went out of their way to make this a wonderful experience for him."

"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 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."

"I was on your web site to check things out and wanted to thank you for the offer of sending my son with the group discount program. I think it is so awesome what your programs offers our youth. My son is an avid football fan he is 12 years old and has the NFL network on 24/7 not any cartoons. Thank you again and I hope you have a great season with the kids."

"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."

"I had sent my son Nik to this camp at Radnor College camp outside of Philadelphia. He was 12 years old just turned 13 on the 4th of July and all I can say is what a difference in his personal attitude it made. He has changed for the better and he learned a lot! Aside from the home sickness this was a fantastic camp for him, the only wish is that the enrollment was larger so he could have had more of a chance to practice with more kids his age and size. He learned a lot from the older kids and said how helpful and patient that they were and that the coaches were very good.

I look forward to sending him again next year either to that camp or one in Hamilton NJ. Thanks for the chance to let me email you and let you know how impressed I was with the caliber of the coaches and the way they dealt with the kids! This was the very first time I have ever seen my son truly worn out physically and he enjoyed every minute of it! You guys run a class camp and I look forward to sending my son next year!"

"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!"

"Kudos and congrats on the sterling experience for my son, Mac, at the Elite Camp. The coaching intensity and instruction was beyond outstanding. It was a terrific life experience for my son!"

"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."

"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:"

"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."

"We would like to say a huge THANK YOU, our son Shawn "Bing" Bingley was at the Raleigh O-D camp July 15th-18th and is a changed person for the better.

This was his third year at the Raleigh camp and at 10 years old, the Sunday morning session was a bit of a challenge for him over previous years. Partially due to having just returning back from two weeks of vacation the night before, partially due to an injury he received during the session, and partially to do with the speed that this camp session moved. He didn't notify anyone of his injury (that wasn't life threatening) until after the session was over at which point he burst into tears and wanted to leave. A father counselor took him over to the trainer and got him sorted out. Now with this going on and being introduced to how this years camp was going to be run, separating the parents from the kids, the pace, and structure that was planned out, both my wife and son were in tears and I was ready to pack the whole thing in, take the loss and leave. Thankfully we didn't leave, and stuck it out. During the opening ceremony you mentioned that people may not like you or the way you run things in the beginning but by the end of the week they come around, we were skeptical. Add to that during the afternoon session my wife was standing at the end of the field along the sideline and you had asked her to move away, she couldn't have been more upset. By the time we left with Shawn Sunday night his mood had already changed, he loved the structure and how the stations and drills were set up and the movement between them, much better than years past. By Tuesday night we all couldn't wait to get back out there Wednesday. And were sad to see the camp end, it's by far the best camp we've have attended to this point.

Shawn has hung on to every speech that you gave, and especially the one on "character" he grew so much in those four days, not only on the football field, but as a young man. His attitude and outlook have taken a 180 degree turn since the camp ended, he is not only a joy to be around, but is more dedicated to the sport than ever before.

The coaching staff was great as well, they pushed the boys but kept them all upbeat with a positive attitude. The evaluation that was given was scored correctly, and although Shawn got an MVP award for the second year in a row he was down due to the fact of there being some C's on his evaluation. I'm glad there were both to keep him humble, and give him realistic areas to work on.

We can only hope that you are Head Coach for the Raleigh camp again next year if not we'll be traveling to whatever camp you are. Thanks again for not only the amazing job you did with our son, but all of the young men out on the field.


"I just wanted to chime in on my experience here at Offense/Defense camp held at Towson University located in Baltimore. This was my sons second year, and my first year as a counselor. I was so pleased with all the instruction and the atmosphere that my son experienced last year, that I decided to become a part of the camp myself. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff, especially Mr. Millow Weems who has taken time out of his busy schedule throughout the year to remain in contact with me by returning phone calls and emails. I particularly appreciate the way Mr. Weems communicates with the kids and the parents. I'd also like to add that as a father counselor for the first time, Mr. Weems was a wonderful person to work for, made me feel apart of the O-D camp, and was very respectful.

My son has been quarterbacking for seven years, but the coaches were able to assess his skills at O-D camp and identify the areas he needed support with, such as: follow through on his passing and his mechanics. O-D camp provided my son with specific skills to improve his performance beyond that which he has received at many youth program he has attended in the past. This camp is a worth while investment for any family who want to seriously put there child in a position to receive leadership skills, confidence, and gain improved performance."

"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!!!!"

"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."

"Hello! Just an "FYI": I sent 2 of my son's to OD Camp in San Francisco, back in 1998 or 1999 (Can't remember which). Just to let you know, that my younger of the 2 son's is attending The Ohio State University on a full-ride football scholarship! He is a Freshman and actually saw playing time last Saturday against USC.

Thank you so much! Ken Norton Jr. was really good with my kids at that camp."

"my son is 9-years old and started the louisville camp today. i would just like to let you know i was so impressed how nice everything run.

I will differently pay for my son to stay next year even for the overnight camp. i was very very impressed. Thank you for offering a wonderful camp for the game of football and this is just the first day cant wait till i see the end results."

"Back in the summer of 1987, as I prepared for my senior year of high school, I found myself at Fairleigh Dickenson University attending an O-D Football Camp. Little did I know, 26 years later, I would find myself at Kean University from July 7th to July 10, 2013 at another O-D Football Camp with Daniel, my 11 year old son.

Some of the best things I took from my experience at camp were the life lessons of teamwork, dedication, hard work and the importance of details. It was a pleasure to see these same lessons being stressed to Daniel and all the other campers on the very first day. It was clear all the coaches and staff from John Paredez (JP), Coach Reed (Head Coach), position coaches and all the counselors, were not only speaking to these lessons but they lived them and implemented them during the entire camp.

The coaching Daniel received this week was excellent; from the drills to the scrimmages to the Bowl Game. Daniel had such a great time attending the camp and thoroughly enjoyed the coaching and teaching done by the entire staff. He is already asking what camp he can go to next year.

My son and I have a great bond through football. We have now expanded upon that bond through our wonderful experiences attending O-D Football Camps.

Thank you again for the excellent job done over the generations!"

"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..."

"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"

"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."

"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!"

"First of all, I would like to greatly appreciate to opportunity to help out and participate as a father counselor at the Raleigh camp this year. It was a great experience! My son Triston Jacobs had a great time again this year. He attended the camp last year also and is already looking forward to atteding the bowl game activities again as well as next years camp. As far as Im concerned, I think the camp was run great, for the children and the father counselors. My son attended the camp last year. I did not know about the father counselor program last year, or else I would have participated in it last year. I think the program was run great! I hope I get to participate next year. I would also like to send a special thank you to to mr. Milow Weems. Amongst his busy schedule with organizing the daily activities and making sure the camp was run to perfection, he also took time to spend some special one on one time with my son with some issues he was having at camp. He made a great and lasting impression on my son. My son, before we left had to find him and take a picture with him. That the kind of bonding and mentoring that can make a major difference in a childs life. Again, I would like to express my dearest thank you to the staff of O-D for the experience, not only for just my son but mine as well. See you next year!"