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.”

Re-Writing Killeen’s History Books

Leo Buckley Stadium July 11th, 2015

Killeen’s Mayor Scott Cosper came to the opening ceremony of the 6th Annual Camp & Combine to award the Accumulative PROCLAMATIONFoundation with the prestigious proclamation for the efforts put forward by many for the last 6 years. Our players, staff, and volunteers have worked so hard and are honored by the camp and the city’s stamp of recognition.

The always “laid back” Roy Miller celebrated with joy and was overwhelmed by the award. Roy Celebrates ProclamationRoy explains his feelings for the proclamation, “This proves that together a community can do great things. I am so happy that our team is rewarded for their work! They deserve this! This camp officially goes down in the history books of Killeen that July 10th and 11th is ours!”. We are proud of this achievement and look forward to more milestones. Please join our efforts as we are always looking to build our team of successful role models and volunteers to improve our outreach to the community. Please email us at kidsadvantage@gmail.com with your skill sets that you think can help. We look forward to working with you!

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McLane Children’s Hospital Visit

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NFL players woke up July 11th, 2015 with one thing on their minds: giving back. That is exactly what they did first stopping by McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple Texas to visit kids who were in unfortunate situations. Executive Director of the Accumulative Advantage Foundation Veshell Willis shared that, “this is the “camp” for our children who cannot make it out to our football and cheer camp today. Every child deserves a little fun it was great to see the players and (Killeen) Mayor Cosper put a smile on the kids faces”. NFL players signed autographs cards from their football camp for children as they traveled room to room. Brandon Joiner former Cincinnati Bengal, local football star said, “Anything I can do for these kids to make them smile under these circumstances does more for me then it can ever do for them, this is an honor.” The Accumulative Advantage Foundation based in Killeen is proud to have these NFL players as leaders in our military communities representing the advisory board of directors of the foundation. We are truly blessed that the right men have such a large platform to give back to the communities they love. We thank you McLane Children’s Hospital for the opportunity!

 

 

 

5th Annual Cen-Tex Camp and Combine

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:

 

Sponsors
Sponsors for 2014

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!