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Tyrann Mathieu “Heart of a Badger” Skills Camp Showcases Commitment to Youth Flag Football

By Hard Count Athletics, 05/24/19, 12:00PM PDT


Hard Count Athletics (HCA), the nation’s leading youth sports organization, held its second youth flag football skills camp of 2019 on May 19th at the New Orleans Saints training facility in Metairie, Louisiana, with Kansas City Chiefs cornerback and local New Orleans product Tyrann Mathieu. This was the fourth year in a row that HCA worked with Mathieu to present the annual “Heart of a Badger” skills camp to local area youths in the greater New Orleans area.  This skills camp, which was free and open to any youth athlete, quickly filled its 400 slots. Despite inclement weather that knocked out the electricity in the building, the camp was still a huge success and featured not only Mathieu but members of his old high school’s varsity football team assisting the youth participants in getting the most out of the day.  

HCA holds its skills camps, such as the Tyrann Mathieu camp, at locations throughout the country each year to allow youth flag football players all over the country to get the opportunity to learn from the best. The camps feature one-on-one instruction by some of the NFL’s biggest stars in an intimate setting with a limited number of participants. HCA skills camps give both the NFL players and our young athletes the opportunity to have fun and learn together while enabling our young athletes to master the fundamentals that helped our NFL athletes make it to the top level of professional football.  The next skills camp of our 2019 series will be with cornerback Kareem Jackson of the Denver Broncos on June 1st in Macon, GA.

The 2019 Tyrann Mathieu HCA “Heart of a Badger” Skills Camp

2019 marked the fourth year in a row that Tyrann Mathieu was willing to share his time and expertise with the young athletes in New Orleans. Mathieu is a local product, having starred at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans before he played college football at Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2012, his sophomore and second year of college football at LSU, he won the Chuck Bednarik award for the most outstanding defensive player in college football and was a finalist for the prestigious Heisman Trophy, a very rare feat for a defensive player.  

Since being drafted by the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, Mathieu has made a splash at football’s highest levels, being named an All Pro and competing in the Pro Bowl in 2015, just his third year in the league.  Despite a number of injuries, Mathieu has earned a well-deserved reputation for his toughness, playing the most snaps of any player in the entire NFL during one of his five years with the Arizona Cardinals.  

Mathieu is also active philanthropically, having started the Tyrann Mathieu Foundation to help make an impact in the lives of financially disadvantaged youth in his hometown of New Orleans. The 2019 Heart of a Badger skills camp also was part of a weekend long charity marathon during which Mathieu also hosted a celebrity kickball game and a fundraiser at New Orleans’s Jazz Market.    

The 2019 Tyrann Mathieu “Heart of a Badger” skills camp was held at the New Orleans Saints training facility just outside New Orleans on Sunday, May 19th.  Despite an issue with the electricity caused by inclement weather that delayed the start of the day’s events, the camp was a huge success according to a report from a Baton Rouge newspaper.  In addition to Mathieu, members of the football team at his former high school, St. Augustine in New Orleans, came out to support the camp.  Like all of HCA’s skills camps, it featured the opportunity for participants to meet Mathieu in person and work with him on the fundamental skills that have helped make Mathieu so successful as a professional football player. Youth camp participants worked through an intense series of skill and agility stations to assist our young athletes to improve their speed, footwork and some of the other skills most vital to success in youth flag football.  

More about HCA and Its Skills Camps


Hard Count Athletics skills camps were created to give professional athletes like Tyrann Mathieu and youth flag football players who may be aspiring professional athletes themselves the chance to train together and inspire one another. We do this by removing traditional camp restrictions to allow the young flag football players who participate and our professional athletes the chance to interact as much as possible. The number of camp participants in each of our 4-6 annual camps is limited to 400 to ensure that every participant gets sufficient time at each station and also gives our celebrity athlete an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with each camper. 

The next camp in our 2019 series will be with cornerback Kareem Jackson of the Denver Broncos (formerly of the Houston Texans) at the Ed Heath Sports Complex in Macon, Georgia, on Saturday, June 1st from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Registration for the Kareem Jackson HCA skills camp is free and open to the first 400 participants who sign up, so if your son or daughter is interested this is an excellent opportunity to meet an NFL star and learn from the best.

In addition to our youth flag football skills camps with some of today’s brightest NFL stars like Tyrann Mathieu or Kareem Jackson, the youth flag football tournaments organized by Hard Count Athletics permit youth sports teams from across the country to hone their skills against some of the finest competition from around the country in a format that encourages safety, player participation and skills development. 

If your child is interested in competing against other young athletes to be his or her very best in one of HCA’s youth flag football tournaments throughout the country or developing his or her skills in an intensive yet fun skills camp environment through a camp experience like the recent fourth annual Tyrann Mathieu “Heart of a Badger” Skills Camp, all the while doing so in an engaging format that emphasizes character development just as much as skill work, contact Hard Count Athletics today at