Before he locked down receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and DeAndre Hopkins, Xavier Rhodes was just another kid with a dream — he wanted to play in the NFL.
Today, Rhodes is one of the league’s top cornerbacks; a cog in Mike Zimmer’s fearsome Minnesota Vikings defense. Before the 2017 regular season begins, he’ll likely sign a lucrative contract extension, one that keeps his immeasurable talents in Minnesota for the long haul.
But something more important, more meaningful comes first — The Xavier Rhodes Football Camp. In its second year, the overnight camp is Xavier’s chance to give back to the youth of Minnesota and help them realize their dreams of playing high school, collegiate, and even professional football.
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From June 28 to July 1, Rhodes and his fellow coaches will host campers ages 7-18 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, they’ll learn the same offensive and defensive techniques as their favorite Vikings, with Rhodes and others leading on-field demonstrations every morning and afternoon.
The Sports International Football Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for youth athletes; not only will they become better, more confident football players, but they’ll also have the chance to meet Rhodes and the rest of this year’s professional coaches. At the end of the camp, Rhodes and his staff will even sign autographs, ensuring campers leave with a memory to last a lifetime.
Because campers are taught at a ratio of 10:1, they receive individual instruction at the offensive or defensive position of their choosing. And with more than six hours of on and off-the-field training each day, they’ll absorb all the football knowledge they could want from some of the area’s most qualified coaches.
Everson Griffen, who coached at a previous camp, saw firsthand the value of the unique experience. “I liked the interaction with the campers and the quality training from the coaching staff,” he said. Anthony Barr, who also volunteered as a coach, said he’s “honored and humbled” to have an impact on today’s youth in a fun, safe, and competitive environment.
Over the course of the camp, they’ll also learn the importance of teamwork, consideration of others, self-discipline, and how to attain their potential in sports and life. Attendees also learn the importance of achieving good grades and selecting correct role models like Rhodes, Barr and Griffen.
Obtain more information and request a camp brochure that includes an application by calling 301-575-9400, or by visiting www.footballcamps.com. Space in the football camp is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.