Nola 10 continued as the Verizon Future of the Game Football Clinic hosted by Antonio Freeman happened today. What an amazing event! Over 100 children, ages 9 to 14, from three different schools and their coaches attended a football clinic at the Saints’ practice facility. I was in charge of collecting waivers, distributing t-shirts, making name tags, and gathering everyone on the bus that departed from a YMCA in New Orleans. The kids, along with their coaches, were excited and couldn’t wait to be trained by the Saints staff as well as some of the Saints players. Out of the three schools, my school was the only one that had girls attend clinic. Not only did these young ladies play, but they kicked butt too!
Notice the bunny ears on Freeman :-)
I cannot tell you how awesome it was to see these kids play together during the clinic. They were happy, smiling, running, and working with positive role models that could one day have an influence on their lives. All it takes is one day, one touch down pass, one hand shake, a shared plate of fried chicken and mac n cheese to make an impact on some one else’s life. Not only were the kids playing together, but they event staff worked great together as well! We were all happy to be there and to help out in any possible way. If you work events or like to plan parties for your friends, you know the amazing feeling you get when an event just happens, like magic. Things run smoothly, people seem to know what to do, everyone pitches in, and you enjoy yourself instead of feeling like you are at work. You may even go out for dinner afterwards to celebrate instead of taking a lap like the coach told you to. Oops! sorry coach!