"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."
"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.
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"We just finished the PA camp at West Chester University. This was our 3rd consecutive year and also our best. Coach Culpepper was an incredible instructor and role model. He kept all of the players engaged, worked them hard and also took the time to correct. He did not just let a misfire or incorrect movement pass. He stopped, engaged the player and instructed on the correct procedure. In addition Coach Culpepper demonstrated these actions with all players and not just a select few. My son left the camp asking to attend any camp that Coach Culpepper was involved in.
The head coach was also a welcome refresher. Instead of schmoozing with the parents he took a valid interest in the players development and ensuring that the coaches were instructing correctly. He was quick to step in and demonstrate/instruct the other coaches same as the players. It was also good to see him take an interest in all of the groups, calling out praise and critic where needed. It was also nice to see him show reflection in his voice, this is football and a certain tone needs to be set. A definite A+ effort for enthusiasm, engagement and getting back to basics with conviction!
I also cannot leave out Milow for running a great camp. So many times his actions are overlooked because Milo is not on the field actively involved in coaching the children. Milo plays a bigger need by being the face of O-D and reaching out to the parents. Answering their questions and ensuring everything is ready and available so that the coaches can do just that, coach. Milo handles this responsibility incredibly and its great speaking to him every year. Its also nice that he remembers the faces of returning players/parents. That alone shows that he cares about the camp, kids and parents. Thank you Milo.
Overall a great performance and instruct by all, especially Head Coach, Coach Culpepper and Milow. I'm hoping these individuals will be permanent fixtures of the O-D camp experience, especially in PA. These individuals will merit recommending other players on my sons team to attend. Thanks and looking forward to next year!"
"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!!!"
"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."
"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."
"I wanted to let you know that 7 campers from your June San Francisco camp, 11-13 age group, were part of the undefeated 2008 T-Bird Turkey Bowl Championship. team. They had a 12 - 0 record with 9 shut outs over the season. They finished with a shut out over their rival team Clayton Valley who beat them last year in the Turkey Bowl.
My son loves your camp and I know the other T-Birds that joined him this year had the same great experience. O-D builds players."
"I put my son in this camp to give him a shot at playing as a 5th grader on a 5th and 6th grade football team. After the camp, he not only started on both sides of the ball, but he won MVP Offensive Lineman for his team!"
"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have served as a father counselor for the last two years at your camps and it has help my son very much. I would like to know when I need to sign up agian to be a counselor this summer!"
"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."
"Thanks so much for all the time that you spent with my son, Mac. He is the leading receiver on his Rec. team and also on his All Star team. He has developed into the "GO TO" Receiver on both teams and has given them a lot more versatility. At CB he has intercepted 2 passes this year and returned one for 46 yards. I give the credit to his improvement to you and your staff. We will be in Atlanta, GA over the Thanksgiving Holiday to play in the Youth Football National Championship. Mac will definitely be back in Pensacola and I would like to send him to a couple more camps over the summer which locations do you recommend?"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"My Son, Layne, attended the Pensacola camp and I wanted to extend a big thank you to all staff that made that camp a great success. The coaching was top notch, and Layne was pushed to a higher level of football that he has never received. The director, Dave, kept the camp moving and everyone knew what they needed to do and when."
"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. See you in 2010!!"
"Hunter's experience at the O-D Camp in Memphis was excellent. The individual attention to each player, the vast amount of knowledge and great teaching techniques from the camp and the position-specific coaches was nothing short of remarkable. We are very pleased with the camp, the experience itself, and the knowledge and techniques he has taken from the camp. Milow and his team of coaches did an excellent job. We would highly recommend the O-D camp to anyone. If this weren't Hunter's last season in high school, we would absolutely sign up again."
"I am writing this email to say thank you for the leadership and coaching that you provided at the Offense Defense Football Camp at Hampton University. This was Christopher's second year attending OD and as a parent I am very impressed with the program. I wanted to take the time to commend you for not only providing guidance and coaching on football field, you provided guidance to young boys on how to take what they learn and apply on the field to their everyday lives. It is about being focus, discipline, determination, team work, listening skills and at times leadership. During the Awards Ceremony, I was very impressed and touched by how the guest speakers and coaches stressed to the players to apply the same level of energy that they provide in this sport into being a better person.
I can only speak about my child, but it only reinforces what I am teaching Christopher. It not about the wins or losses, nor the ability to go to Dallas to play at the All American Bowl, it is about not only focusing on football, but taking the principles of the game and applying them to your life that will ultimately make them a better player, a better son, a better student, a better friend and one day a better man.
So thank you and the coaches for taking time out of your summer to provide such an AWESOME camp. Christopher is looking forward to Camp 2013 and so are we. Many Blessing to you and yours"
"Thank you for the e-mail. My son and I attended the camp in Miami at FIU. He enjoyed every minute of it. His interactions with the coaches was all that he could ask for. Please give a special thanks to Coach Sherman. Erik is 12 but was moved up to the junior age group and still received a Player of the Week award. The personal encouragement from Coach Sherman really made a difference. He is looking forward to our season and talking about attending the camp next year."
"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."
"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."
"Thanks for the best camp experience that my son could have imagined. O-D camp coaches and Director in Houston were awesome. They made EVERY CHILD feel like that were special. They encouraged both the physically able and the not so physically able. Every child should have walked away feeling like a winner.
Thanks a million, look forward to next year!"
"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."
"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."