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NFL Stars Partner with Hard Count Athletics to Give Back to Their Communities

By Hard Count Athletics, 07/01/19, 11:00AM PDT


A core principle of the NFL Players Association is giving back to the community in both their team cities and hometowns. From charity softball games to hospital visits to silent auction fundraisers, these are just a few ways the players of the National Football League give back. Many players use their skill and platform as professional athletes to give back to their communities by hosting free youth football camps, and Hard Count Athletics, the nation’s leading youth flat football organization, is privileged to partner with some of the NFL’s brightest starts to host these camps. 

The Hard Count Athletics 2019 series of youth football camps has already included a number of successful events across the country: Tyrann Mathieu’s 47th Annual Heart of a Badger Football Skills camp on May 22 in New Orleans; Tony Jefferson’s Football Camp in Chula Vista,CA, on June 22, and Chris Harris Jr.’s Underdog Academy in Bixby, OK, on June 22.

The next two camps in our 2019 series are also quickly approaching, with the Darius Leonard skills camp on July 5th in Lake View, SC and the Kenny Young skills camp on July 20th in River Ridge, Louisiana.

HCA holds its skills camps 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. Many of our players hold their skills camps in their hometowns, where a player first learned the hard work and developed the skills that led him to the top of the football world.  Our skills camps offer youth flag football players from across the country the chance to interact directly with some of the NFL’s brightest stars in an intimate environment.  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 Darius Leonard and Kenny Young Skills Camps

Darius Leonard, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, will hold a skills camp on Friday, July 5th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Lake View High School in Lake View, South Carolina.  After playing college football at South Carolina State, Leonard was drafted in the second round of the 20187 NFL draft by the Colts and had a phenomenally successful rookie season, leading the NFL in tackles and being named both a First Team All Pro selection as well as the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.  Registration for the camp is still available, but the camp is just around the corner, so register your child now.

The Kenny Young skills camp, which is scheduled to take place on July 20th, will be held at John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, Louisiana.  Kenny Young, who played his college football at UCLA before being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and just completed his rookie seasons with the Ravens, graduated from John Curtis Christian School and is a River Ridge native.  The camp is open to interested players ages 7-16 and will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration for the Kenny Young skills camp is still available, but register now in order to secure your child’s spot.

More about HCA and its Unique Skills Camps

Hard Count Athletics skills camps were created to give professional athletes like Tony Jefferson, Darius Leonard and Kenny Young 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 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

In addition to our youth flag football skills camps with some of today’s brightest NFL stars, 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.  We recently concluded our 2019 nationwide youth flag football tournament series with a national championship game in San Diego, California after stops all over the country in Hawaii, Louisiana, California and Nevada.

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, 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