The 7th Annual Camp and Combine

June 25, 2016 Killeen, Texas

On Saturday campers and local celebrity football players filled Leo Buckley Stadium, for the 7th time.  Children had the chance to learn from their local stars of the community.

Earlier in the day Johnny “Lam” Jones, Romance Taylor, and Roy Miller visited McLane Children’s Hospital to visit the teen center where Roy Miller was surprised by his jersey being prominently displayed in the teen lounge.  The group learned how the important the lounge  was to the kids and talked about how special the children were that they visited. RM McLane'sMiller shared some thoughts: “what struck me the most was that some kids were on hospice and made it their life goal to improve the teen center, how selfless, courageous, wise, and inspiring….Our buddy that got in the car accident (from a drunk driver) and checked on everyone else in his family before realizing he had a broken leg. RMIt can be easy to forget, how we sometimes take parts of life for granted, but when you get around the personalities of these teens, you realize they truly taking advantage of the most important qualities a human can posses; being fully present in time. They smile through it all and I will always remember that.” The Accumulative Advantage Foundation will be donating some games to McLane Children’s Hospital’s teen center. If you are interested in donating as well email us at kidsadvantage@gmail.com.

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We want to thank our sponsors, volunteers, parents, coaches, players, The Accumulative Advantage Foundation, and our camp committee for a successful weekend. You once again, inspired change. You continue to rekindle the fire that drive people in the community to unite and work hard towards community outreach. cheerThis camp requires a ton of work and time we have to thank Veshell Willis, Coach Ken Gray, Pete Curtis, Minerva & Brian Cotton, Dan Hull, Heather Lemmack, Mooky Durant, and Malcolm Adair who worked their tails off getting your free camp funded organized. For our volunteers, our foundation has fought for years to have this kind of collective support from you, we do not take it lightly. Your support truly touched our hearts. It takes a village to raise a child, as you know we are creating a cycle of successful men and women who will eventually COME BACK and GIVE BACK to their community. Join our efforts as we intend to expand our camps across the world, adding another camp next year in North Texas, bringing our total number of camps to four. Please donate your time or even money by emailing us at kidsadvantage@gmail.com. Thanks for the memories! The campers had a blast! We look forward to working with you next year to make camp even better!

-Roy Miller

Find out how you can help us throughout the year by emailing us your name and skill set.

Frank Okam: The Man, Myth, Legend

Proud supporter and board member, Frank Okam checks in with kidsadvantage.org to give us a glimpse of what he has been up to.

Frank Okam of the Accumulative Advantage Foundation most recently retired from the NFL where he finished a successful six year career. As a highly recruited prospect out of high school, his success continued into the college where Frank started all 4 years at the Univ. of Texas.  The dominate defender once known as the “Nigerian Nightmare” has seen his share of life’s ups and downs and is excited to share part of his story with us. Frank is an awesome example of what one person can do when presented with the right opportunities and platforms,  sports provide. Frank has been a proud supporter of the foundation for more than five years strong even in Killeen, TX where he has absolutely no ties to. Frank is one of the most fascinating athletes I ever played football with because of his mindset.texas_frank_okam-1 His canny ability to find the silver lining in any situation makes him shine from the crowd and I believe is the factor that will allow him to have such a long career in football.  Frank is one of the smartest people I know and most importantly, a genuine person. Frank opens up to share the other side of organized sports we all face, at some point, through our journey of life.  As young athletes we think sports will last forever,  in reality we all come to a point in life where we have to change courses, which as Frank explains, is not easy. I am proud to watch Frank and his journey through life.

“Hey guys Frank Okam here. I have been very busy lately most recently serving as a defensive graduate assistant to Rice University. This past week I was hired to be the defensive line coach at Rice.  Additionally, I am finishing my Masters in Liberal Studies and most recently presented my capstone thesis on “How coaches affect the social structure of their team and decision making of athletes”. 

Coach Okam
Coach Okam teaching young Defensive Linemen @ Rice

The reason I got into coaching was simple. I love football and what it means in comparison to life and I love the impact you can have on future generations. Coaching is a life of service that forces you to embrace all cultures and while instilling individuals with values like dedication, self worth, and creating that intrinsic movement to perform at a high level regardless of what you are doing. The mission of coaching, just like parenting is to create a better version of yourself.

One of the toughest things I had to deal with as an adult was the concept of failure. I was an all American in high school and college and I got cut from the NFL four times. As a competitor that did a number on my psyche and after I decided to stop playing it took me a while to recreate my identity. What I’ve learned now is that failure is not real. Everyday we get an opportunity to expand our consciousness and learn more about ourselves and the world around us. So in every “failure” there is a lesson, to improve yourself and others around you if you listen closely and look soberly.”

Catching Up With Tommie

2/24/16

Board member and co-founder of the Accumulative Advantage Foundation checks in with kidsadvantage.org to give us a glimpse of what he has been up to.

Hey this is Tommie catching up with everyone! I am doing many things these days including enjoying time with my family, working on myself, and speaking around the world. I  am currently furthering my education which I cannot stress how important that is to our youth.Harris Family I look forward to kicking it at the camps this year. In the meantime, God bless you all, see you soon!”

Keep up with Tommie on twitter @Tommieharris90 or instagram @tommieharris

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