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.

D-Line U Part 2

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D-Line University hosted it second annual camp May 16th, in Austin, TX. Once again the position specific camp inspired and mentored over 150 kids. Going into next year with so much tailwind, the organization is excited to take even bigger steps towards making this camp better! Thank you to all of our sponsors for the help! Join us in Killeen, July 11th, for our 6th annual camp and combine. https://centxcamp15.eventbrite.com

2015 DLU SponsorsWe are extremely excited for next year!!

Photographer Latonya McGee (m-ages.org for more photos of the camp).

 

 

AAF Co-Founder: Juaquin Iglesias’ Blog: Coaching The Freshman All-American Game

Last week, I had the opportunity to coach The High School Freshman All-Americans in San Antonio. They all were hand picked by a staff of scouts. These young players are from all over the country. Many of them already ha

ve college offers and destined to be invited back to the Army All-American game three years from now.

I was given the opportunity to coach these young men by David White. David coached at the University of Oklahoma while I was playing there from 2005-2008. He offered me this opportunity and I jumped all over it because I love working with kids.

I remember being these kids age and remembered people trying to tear me down about statistics and how only so many people make it to the NFL. Those people who told me those things have stuck with me ever and motivated me ever since. Instead of harping on the negative, I choose to be the positive inspiration with each and every kid I am able to reach. Although I know statistics to have a lot of truth behind them I still would rather tell young kids that they can be anything they want to be with Hard Work, Respect, and Kindness!!!

The simple reason why I wanted to coach these young players this past week was to build relationships with them. I gave each player my contact information and hope to help them grow for years to come not only on the football field but in everyday life as well.

-JI

President: Roy Miller III on being Nominated for the NFL and USAA’s Salute to Service Award

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.