USA Football Goes Camping

In an effort to develop the sport of football at the grassroots level, one of the top youth football organizations is taking its resources all over the country.

USA Football, a non-profit which helps grow youth, high school and amateur international football, spends the summer months visiting 12 different areas across the United States--from Atlanta to Dallas to San Diego to Philadelphia--and offering a 3 1/2-day camp for players ages 9-14.

At the USA Football Player Academies, young players can get broad training at a number of different aspects of football, or specific training targeted at a particular position depending on their age. There's also classroom time and guest speakers to make for a well-rounded camp.

USA Football was founded by the NFL and the NFL Players Association through a grant from the NFL Youth Football Fund in 2002. In addition to youth programs like the youth academy, USA Football also puts together two national teams. The most recent, the U-19 team, won the IFAF Junior World Championships in Canton, Ohio.

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