It means a lot to me to be nominated as a Salute to Service Award recipient because of what these servicemen and women do for our country. Also, my Father served in the Army for over 20 years. The military community did a lot for me growing up, and it means a lot to be able to give back to this community.
I really feel like the Army did a great thing for our family. It took us out of poverty and gave us a stable life. It was a solid, safe upbringing. It gave my Dad a chance to have a respectable career and learn discipline, which he’s passed down to me. He went to work everyday at 4a.m. and came home at 5p.m. He made all kinds of different sacrifices and risked his life at war for our country. It shows you the character of this man and gave me a lot of respect for him.
I’m proud that my Father served in the military, and I’m proud of all of the things that he’s done and all of the sacrifices that he made for our family and our country. I embrace it. I could look back and pinpoint everything, but I just think he did a great job overall of showing and teaching me things. And I really think so much of it carried over to the NFL.
It’s important to me that my Dad knows how much respect I have for the servicemen and women that he’s been to war with – and did or did not come home with – and so I try to give back to the servicemembers and their dependents as much as possible. I know how stressful their lives can be and how taxing it can be on the whole family.
He sees the newspaper clippings and reads online about the work that I’m doing, and it definitely brings a smile to his face to see me giving back to these communities. Like I said, the Army has given so much to me, and I feel like it is my duty to give back.
I’m proud that our Foundation is providing kids at Ft. Hood military base in Texas, where I grew up, with opportunities to hear from people who spent time there and went on to be successful. I’m especially proud of our annual football and cheerleading camp, where we host hundreds of kids for free. And the most important part is that we have current and former NFL players and cheerleaders who grew up around Ft. Hood come back just for the camp.
Not only do we have a great showing of kids, but they also recognize the faces of the people who come back for the camp every year. And the kids listen to them because they respect the type of people they are and understand that this person is from my community and I can be like them. It really doesn’t work unless the kids get to know who these people are, spend time with them and trust them. Putting on this free camp for the two days that we do is so vital.
Growing up on a military base, you don’t really get to see consistent faces. People are coming and going, moving and getting transplanted into different communities.
There’s not really a face of the base, so to speak. So it’s hard to aspire to be something if you don’t have mentors or an understanding of the history of where you are. That’s one of the biggest issues in military communities, and I think the camp has been able to help with this, as well as provide a platform for people from the area who have gone on to be successful to come back and share their stories.
I can’t say it enough, but I think it’s really important that the NFL recognizes the vets and servicemen and women. To me, all I knew was the military. It brought so much peace to me because it was who my Dad was and what he fought for.
The military fights for us so that we could be whoever we want to be. It really means a lot to me, especially when I go back home, to see these soldiers in wheelchairs, and all of the amputees, who – thanks to them – have really allowed us to do what we love to do. I can’t thank them enough and I’m really happy that the NFL can thank these guys, like my father, like my uncles, like my brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, who all serve in the military and continue to fight for our freedom.
May 16th is approaching soon! D-Line University is back again with even more elite NFL players from around the world! Keep up with updates here and on dlineu.eventbrite.com
Players committed to this years 2015 D-Line U football camp.
Lamaar Houston One of the NFL’s most relentless pass rushers. A top free agent in 2014. Current DE for the Chicago Bears former Longhorn.
Tim Crowder Physical pass-rusher and run stopper. A strong Leader and work-aholic. 6 year NFL veteran former All-American at the University of Texas.
Sam Acho A physical, smart, and athletic DE/LB for the Arizona Cardinals. A rising star in the NFL former Texas Longhorn.
Alex Okafor An up and coming star in the in NFL at DE he has a unique knack for getting to the QB and in a hurry. Current Arizona Cardinal and former Texas Longhorn legend.
Brian Orakpo All-Pro Pro Bowl DE for the Washington Redskins Texas Longhorn. A physical DE with the athleticism to drop back into coverage.
Derek Lokey A tough, physical, defensive lineman former 4 year NFL (Kansas City Chiefs) veteran and former Texas Longhorn legend.
Henry Melton Pro-Bowl DT one of the most athletic inside rushers in the game former Longhorn legend, Current Dallas Cowboy.
Gerald McCoy All-Pro, 3x Pro Bowler for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The highest paid DT in the history of the NFL, former Oklahoma Sooner legend.
Michael Bennett One of the NFL’s premeir pass rushers Super Bowl Champion with the Seattle Seahawk an aggresive penetrator on run and pass downs. Former Texas A&M Aggie.
Corey Redding One of the NFL’s most dominate DE’s, a 12 year veteran that can play all positions on the D-Line at a high level. Current Indiannapolis Colt, legend of the University of Texas.
Tommie Harris 4 Time Pro-Bowler All Pro defensive tackle once arguable recognized as the best defensive player in the NFL. All American at the University of Oklahoma.
Roy Miller III One of the NFL’s strongest DT’s in the game the. The 6th year NFL (Jaguars) vet is a dominate run stuffer that plays with great technique and smarts, former Texas Longhorn.
Rodrique Wright Former 5 year NFL Veteran with the Miami Dolphins a big athletic phsyical DT, former All-American at the University of Texas.
Frank Okam former 5 year NFL Vet, a big physical athletic defensive lineman with several NFL teams including the Texans, former All American at the University of Texas.
350 campers filled Leo Buckley Stadium, July 11th and 12th, to participate in the Accumulative Advantage Foundation’s 5th Annual Football and Cheer-leading Camp. Kids had the opportunity to learn from over 15 local, NFL Players and Pro Cheerleaders! With so much support from volunteers, NFL PLAY 60, and some local companies, campers were able to enjoy fun activities while taking away life lessons, which go far beyond athletic competition. Kid’s were challenged to be disciplined, work hard, including cleaning up after themselves. “Killeen Ball” a game of football where every kid gets the chance to play QB and catch the ball was played, campers watched and supported the cheerleaders during their performances, ice cream and barbeque meals were provided to campers, and children got one-on-one time with our professional athletes. Our citizenship award was given away to 32 campers including 6 fastest man trophies.
This year a heart on our camps logo displayed the name: Donna. Donna helped build our foundation and had a sincere passion for the kids of Killeen. In 2013 Donna Passed away.
Donna Fischbach, you are forever in our thoughts and hearts, we celebrate and our reminded of you every time a child smiles at our camp. We are forever in debt to you, your vision lives on, rest in peace. Thank you for helping us evolve the camp to where it is today.
Thank you again to all Sponsors:
NFL PLAY 60, ALL AMERICAN CHEVROLET, PURE FIT FOODS, HILTON GARDEN INN, HERCULES STRENGTH & FITNESS, 360 PERFORMANCE, UNION STATE BANK, NATIONAL GUARD, YMCA, NATIONAL GUARD, KNCT CENTRAL TX SPORTS
Cloud Real Estate, Creative Child Learning Arts Academy, Killeen Ladies Lions Clubs, Seton Hospital, and Subhani Foundation.
See you in 2015!
May 10th, 2014
16 NFL Players came out to host 150 kids of the Austin area, at Vandegrift H.S. Players taught position specific drills as well as life skills to encourage the younger big guys to build a sense of pride in themselves. Celebrities such as Coach Mack and Sally Brown, Jeff “Maddog” Madden, Chris Hall, Casey Studdard, and Russell Korman all came out to support.
Kids and other coaches from around Texas participated to understand the science behind each NFL players very own techniques. What an amazing time! 2015 looks bright dlineu.eventbrite.com will eventually be open for registration.Stay tuned for updates coming soon! Thank you members, coaches, players, volunteers, and sponsors.
May 10th, 2014 Vandegrift High School Austin, TX
-Accumulative Advantage Foundation
This year we have split age groups of kids to have a more curriculum specific focus. Based off of our research, coaches have studied, we’ve decided to challenge our older kids, and with a different set of drills and give the younger kids a more slowed down focus. Fundamentals, teamwork, and maximum effort is what we intend to teach. By focusing on getting better, you will have an awesome experience and work with NFL Players, originally from this area.
Cheerleaders will have a more focused curriculum as well. Combining knowledge from our former NFL cheerleaders!
We are working hard to provide all groups with free items (gifts) with the help of the Central Texas Community. Please spread the word and sign up ASAP to ensure your position. There will be no onsite registrations!
Visit centexfbcamp14.eventbrite.com for more information!
As camps begin to roll around it is important
to know and understand the role of hydration!
Texas Heat is noting to play with!
How much water should you drink?
8 glasses of water a day is no longer true. Instead, think about how much you weigh and divide that number in half. That’s how many ounces of water you should drink per day. For instance, a person who is 200 pounds, should drink 100 oz. of water per day to be adequately hydrated. (That’s 12.5 glasses of water!) Athlete’s with a high level of muscle mass should drink even more, about two-thirds of their body weight in ounces per day.
Are you dehydrated?
The easiest way to tell if your hydrated, or not, is to look at the color of your urine. The clearer it is, the more hydrated you are. If your urine is brown or deep yellow, you need to drink more water, immediately.
Should you drink water while you exercise? And how do you prevent that sloshing feeling inside your stomach?
Yes, you should drink about 8 oz. every 15 minutes while exercising. If you drink smaller amounts (say 4 oz. at a time), you’ll keep from getting that uncomfortable sloshing feeling, which often occurs when we get too thirsty and drink too much water at a time. If you quit sweating during a workout, that is indication you need more water. Although water can give you a bloating feeling, it is important to eat after working out as well!
Water vs. sports drinks-which is better?
Sports drinks contain extra sugar and calories that can benefit a real endurance athlete (someone who is exercising for 4 hours or more) or someone in an extremely hot environment. Otherwise, water is always a better choice both physically and economically.For our camps, Gatorade and water in a 50/50 consumption rate is optimal.
Bottled water-is it better for you?
Some bottled waters come from springs and some from metropolitan sources. It comes down to an individual’s choice, which you prefer or whether you’d rather drink tap water. Just be sure to stay hydrated no matter which type of water you choose to drink.
Please make sure your child is prepared, physically which improves mental functuality, including awareness.Being dehydrated can mess with the mind of an athlete and allow an individual to lose focus. Dehydration can cause an athlete to lose 10% of maximum body strength.
Stay hydrated my friends.