"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 don't remember all the names but I will tell you that from the camp leader to all the coaches I interacted with I thought the camp was run very well and the intensity of the workouts was the best I've seen. The quality of the games at the end of the week was incredible for the short amount of time the kids and coaches had to prepare... GREAT JOB!!! We will be back in 2013..."
"Mason and myself had a great time at your camp and we do hope and plan on seeing you again. The players in our program have had lots of inquiries about how the camp was. I know Dean and Jesse will be back again also. I think the kids from the Iowa area will be a larger number next year I hope. Mason is already looking forward to seeing some of his friends that he made at camp next year. I also have kept in touch with a couple of my boys that I was in charge of through the camp and am excited to see how their seasons pan out. I am interested also at helping out at camp next season as a coach or counselor wherever there may be room or what could help out. We have started our seasons practice for our league with conditiong all most over and we can put on the pads Tuesday and do some hitting! I think a few of the boys are getting tired of Mason and Jesse telling them that these 2 1/2 hour practices are nothing you should of been at the Green Bay O-D camp if you think this is tough! You can already see the fruits of their labor working as hard as they did at your camp and over the summer. They both seem to be quite a bit ahead of the other players at this point. I was very pleased with the facilities and thought the food we were served was outstanding!"
"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 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!"
"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."
"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 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."
"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 am writing this email to express my appreciation for the NY O-D Camp. My son John, had an amazing time and an unforgettable learning experience. This was his first year and we have already signed him up 2011. The knowledge and dedication of the entire coaching staff is immeasurable. I was extremely happy with the way the whole camp process was run, from check-in on Sunday morning to the bowl game on Wednesday evening.
During the O-D Bowl game, John had the opportunity to be interviewed by you twice that night. His first interview was when he caught two interceptions and the second was his one handed catch for a touchdown in the end zone. The entire crowd including myself and several coaches roared with excited. Undoubtedly a catch that was taught at the clinic/camp."
"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."
"My name is D.A. MY son Darren attended last years camp @ St Marys College. Our experience at your camp last year has help my child succeed during his football season with the American Canyon Patriots. He played at the scouts level, ( 7-9yr olds). He Played quarterback offense scoring 20 Touchdowns, over 30 pass completions, and 4 TD passes. On defense he played ILB, averaging 13 takles a game. The team only allowed 6 touchdowns.As a result, I shared with family and friends that Darren attended O-D camp. I truely feel O-D camp gave my son the tools and necessary skills to make this a rewarding season.
Im requesting a group rate code to share with all of my friends and family of the AMERICAN CANYON PATRIOTS and the youth of our community."
"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!"
"Gotta give a shout out to OD! This is the BEST camp in America. My son attended the Atlanta camps 6 and 7 years ago. He learned so much from their 1 on 1 teaching. Became a #1 D End in Florida his jr. year and #4 his senior year. He had multiple offers and is now playing on the offensive line in college football as a sophomore. His all american center attended the same camps and they have such fond memories of OD. Thanks OD for giving him the edge. He was just a 7th and 8th grader back then, but was always a step ahead of his teammates in high school. You guys are truly the best!!!!"
"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"
"We just got your e-mail recently...And thought it a good thing to tell you that our son Sean had attended two O_D camps during his teen years. Detroit at 12,and Indianapolis at 14. He got incredible guidance, and the best coaching hands on. The fact that O-D camps were the only one's that offered contact was a big plus for us as he really got allot out them both.
Sean was an all-state pick his senior year, and also selected as one of the Michigan Touchdown club's "GREAT EIGHT AWARD WINNERS"
He committed to the University of Cincinnati in May of his Junior year. he had offers to play in the Big Ten, Big East, as well as the MAC. O-D camps definitely made a difference, and it was the suggestions of several O-D coaches that persuaded him to consider playing on into his college years...For us O-D wasn't only a solid investment into our son's future; It was a great experience for him!"
"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 share our experience with OD this year.
Our Son Drew Wood attended two of your camps this year in Georgia and Virginia. Both are great camps. This was our first year at Georgia; we couldn't get over the amount of kids that attended says a lot about OD.
This was our third year at the Virginia camp. Everything turned out well and we are coming back to the VA camp next year.
Coach Lewis went above and beyond "Football" at the VA camp. He did a great job with coaching the sport but he also spoke about life and how sometimes making a first down was the least of the battles that they may face in life.
Drew's brother Dillon was diagnosed with a rare cancer. He had a tumor in his chest that was crushing his trachea. Dillon was unconscious for 4 days while they treated the tumor. Several of his organs shut down due to the Chemo and Steroids that they were pumping into him. We contacted every Church that we could. We had Dillon on so many prayer chains. It was amazing.
To make a long story short, Dillon started making progress. His organs started back up again. His prognosis is good. The last time his bone marrow was checked, the cancer cells were not there. He has beaten all the odds that the Doctors put in front of him.
The last day of the camp Drew was giving the Coaches a "Dillon" wrist band and asking them to pray for his brother. Coach Lewis found me and asked about Dillon. I told him what was going on in Dillon's life.
Coach Lewis asked if he could talk to the kids about Dillons fight. He wanted to stress to them that life is about fighting and sometimes you can have a much bigger fight on your hands than a football game. Coach Lewis did a great job with his speech; He brought Dillon forward and gave him an award for being a fighter.
Hard for me to explain this much further but it was emotional and heart felt. I can't say thank you enough.
Thank You and we will see you guys again."
"Just a note to say thank you for making us aware of the rule changes regarding campers that reside in states that have issues with full contact camps. We were one of those parents with concerns about our son's eligibility. We live in Ohio and were told that we shouldn't send our son to o-d this year now that he is a middle schooler. His football coach was afraid that if we did and it was reported, that he would become ineligible for the fall season.
Nick was thrilled with camp last year and was disappointed when he heard of this rule. Even before we received your e-mail we decided to go ahead with our plans reguardless, due to the quality of your camp and the great experience our son had during last years camp. When we got your e-mail that explained these changes and laid everything out, we were able to breath a little easier. Thanks again for the information and for the wonderful camps you offer kids who love this sport. We'll see you in June!"
"My son and I consider it a privledge for him to have been able to attend the O-D Camp at TSU in Nashville, TN, June, 2014. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all those who helped make that camp so terrific. Austin was able to gain greater insight and understanding of what it takes to excel in a sport. The coaching/training he received has helped him improve as a player and as a person - he has gained confidence through hard work, practice, and commitment. Thank you to all the Coaches and Mr. Mabry for all your dedication to youth football and the inspiration you instilled in Austin."
"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!"
"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."
"Just a quick note to advise you of our satisfaction with the OD Camp . Jarrett partipated in the Naperville camp this year and walked away with the confidence and skills that i had hoped he would gain. The coaches gave him one on one time and his big surprise was winning the mvp award which really made his confidence soar . He is having a great season with four touchdowns in 4 games and he keeps coming off the field attributing things he did that he had learned at od camp. Keep up the good work."
"My son attended camp in Pittsburgh. I just wanted to say thank you to the person who ran it and the coaches. Thanks to you guy's he came back with a tiger in his tank.They moved him up to play with the older(12 yrs) kids and he loved it. He attended two camps this summer one O-D and another one. When i asked him which one he liked more, you guy's won hands down. We already signed up for Pitt again and he wants to go to another place also. Thanks for making it great for the kids. He wears his O-D camp shirt with pride. He wanted to say tell'em New Jersey will be back, that was his nick name."
"Just wanted to send a note to let you know that the New York Camp was very good this year. Milow Weems did an outstanding job with the administrative side of the camp and Coach Culpepper ran an excellent football camp. Our son Matthew received excellent OL training from Coach Manley and enjoyed his experience very much. It was also very nice to see Coach Toomer and Coach Johnson at camp too. We did miss not having Coach Sonny Cosby at the New York Camp and hope to see him again soon.
Please keep up the good work."
"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."
"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."
"Back in 2007, my son had finished his first year of high school football in the Winnipeg High School Football League (in Canada) and was looking forward to grade 11.He enjoyed some success that year as his team made it to the championship game. My wife and I decided for my son to develop as an athlete in the sport of Football, which he really loved, he needed to go where the sport has a very high social priority and he could be immersed in the culture that develops the best players in the world. I researched many camps - after all, this was a significant decision for us and would not come without similar costs. After all the research, we chose to send him to the O-D camp in San Diego, CA. We registered him as a sleep-away camper and we would let the Pro's coach him on the field and let the culture of his fellow athletes help develop his respect for the game and its players off the field.
We checked in on him a couple times a day (in between taking in the Zoo and other fabulous venues around San Diego!) and I took pictures and video-taped drills - it was a really exciting time for us as a family - sometimes I just had to sit back and remind myself where we were, at QualComm field watching my own son play football - amazing. My son was changing, we saw it in him every day, he spoke a little different, he played really, really hard - you need full contact to bring out the coaching points you need to teach, and that was very evident in my sons progression. He attended the specialty clinics, and was well liked by the coaches and players; he made many friends there that he is still in contact with. In fact, at registration on day 1, Coach Sanchez - whom I've never seen in my life, but will never forget - looks over at me and my CFL hat that I was wearing: "Blue Bombers?" he said rather loudly "Blue Bombers! Are you from Winnipeg?" - Well, I was blown away, my son was as well! It turned out he coached the Running Back for the Bombers, a CFL all-star, rushing and TD leader and very popular back home, and then Coach Sanchez pulled out his phone and called him up, and gave the phone to my son! It was amazing, truly unbelievable! At the end of camp, during closing ceremonies, as if this trip couldn't get any better, it did: they called my son's name for the MVP award!
In the parking lot after camp was over, a couple coaches came up to us as we were packing up and told us how special he was and that he had a bright future no matter what he chose to do. That has never happened before, or since. The enthusiasm and positive atmosphere created by the Coaches and Volunteers alike was more than we could hope for. Can a Parent be any prouder? Has anybody ever gotten a better return on any investment? I don't think so!
After we got home -just over 9000 miles and almost 3 weeks on the road, my son headed to pre-season camp and tore it up that year, being scouted by a few top Canadian schools and even a D1 school from the US! His coaches were impressed; his team mates were as well. Then, I have to say, something that I had never even thought of began to happen; something even more special to me and my wife. You see I coach youth football - but I never played the game myself. When my oldest wanted to play it was a totally new experience for me. But the following our return, when I was coaching his younger brother's team, my oldest would come and help out - and he started to teach the kids, and me and all the other coaches, aspects of the game none of us had ever seen. I would ask him "where's that from?" is that legal!?" he would answer "It's what I was taught at O-D". It was nothing you can read in a book, it's the small tips, the details that make a player 'make plays'. Alignment tips, hand position tips, recovery tricks, the list goes on.
It became clear only after we had returned from San Diego, that was the reason we sent him, to stay with the kids at SDSU, that is the Football Culture you can't teach, but is abundantly provided to experience and learn from at the O-D camp. He helped us go all the way that year, and he's had an impact on every team I have coached since, because I can teach those details now that he has taught me- in fact even though he has moved out and living his own life now, he still helps his little brothers, who are outstanding football players now at age 13 and 15, earning team MVP honours multiple times. He still keeps his most treasured trophy, the MVP Football he got from O-D. My wife and I made an agreement that we would try to send his two younger brothers to O-D when they start High school football as well. I have to say that time in our lives has been the brightest point for a very long time. The global recession hit everybody hard shortly after, I lost my job as did millions of other people. We talk often of the time in San Diego and the O-D Camp.
"The gift that keeps giving" sometimes seems cliche, but it is so true when we talk about O-D, its that "Return on Investment" I mentioned - O-D still pays Dividends, and hundreds of kids in our community have received them. We will get back to O-D for our younger 2 boys, we tried to plan for it the past 3 years, but it just has not been possible. We are planning to make the trip again next year, as we want to bring the latest additions to our family and I hope they will be next in our own little O-D Football legacy. The Memories, joy and fulfilment my family has experienced through the O-D football camp is priceless in every sense of the word.
With my most sincere gratitude, Thank you.
"To whom it may concern, as I stated on my phone call just now to you all, I just wanted to thank Milo and his Team for a great or awesome experience my boys have had at the Houston camp. The coaching and teaching of skills and life lessons was wonderful, the camp was tough but extremely rewarding.
I was impressed that Milo and all the coaches are approachable and extremely personable, I will definitely have my 2 boys in your camp next year."
"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."