"Hello! Just an "FYI": I sent 2 of my son's to OD Camp in San Francisco, back in 1998 or 1999 (Can't remember which). Just to let you know, that my younger of the 2 son's is attending The Ohio State University on a full-ride football scholarship! He is a Freshman and actually saw playing time last Saturday against USC.
Thank you so much! Ken Norton Jr. was really good with my kids at that camp."
"Hi! My son Ryan just attended the Hofstra LI camp - he is trying out for Freshman Football - and NEVER played football in his life. Needless to say - we were all a bit nervous about camp!
From my first phone call and speaking with Karen and others, to working with John and the young gentlemen who fitted us with his rented equipment, to the those at the camp store to each and every one of his coaches - including of course, Coach Brian Mabry - the experience was amazing! Each coach really took the time to make a personalized evaluation, and worked to make him the best he could be. They knew he was a first timer - but did not baby him.
That not only gave him skills - but also a sense of pride in his accomplishments. And those who worked the sidelines were always there to give him a pat on the back or tell him job well done. Camp was BIG - but the care and attention given made is feel very personal. Thanks OD- for giving my guy a summer experience i know he will always be proud of!
Whether Ryan makes the team - or even goes on to JV - I know he came out a better young man because of his experience. :)
"We really appreciate all that you have done and will continue to do for my son in the future! His confidence is off the charts and he will be playing for a new organization this year. His attitude and demeanor is very business like! I really did'nt know what to expect but you have exceeded my expectations and you can not quantify the results with a price tag! I can not believe it. Thay are raving about my son and his attitude towards the game!
Thanks a million and we will see you until he graduates from high school!"
"And Thank You Sal and O-D Sports. This was Anthony's first experience of football camp. He had a blast and got fit all at the same time. My son Anthony and I will plan to return in 2009. Thank you for the opportunity you made available for us."
I just want to let you know what a great experience my son and I had this year at the Bay Area O-D camp. This is the second year in a row my son and I have participated in this camp. I had so much fun last year, that I returned as a father counselor for this year.
Joe Blackwell, the O-D Coordinator, was a terrific coordinator and had the camp running smoothly. Joe was very personable and all of the father counselors enjoyed being around Joe. I truly believe that Joe's coaching background was a tremendous asset to how well the camp ran. Joe never hesitated to address and correct any issue. Joe's tireless work ethic and caring personality contributed to a successful event.
Coach RJ Lewis was a very inspirational and knowledgeable coach. The young men really enjoyed how Coach Lewis had his assistant coaches give inspirational speeches/talks with the boys at the end of the practices. I never heard one athlete complain about going to practice, doing drills, etc during this camp. The drills Coach Lewis ended every practice with was also very exciting for the boys and the spectators! Coach Lewis also had a very caring personality and could be seen on numerous occasions interacting and conversing with the athletes.
All of the assistant coaches were unbelievable as well. I was very happy to see Dr. Toomer return as a coach for the young group. Coach John (cannot remember his last name, but coaches for CMS) had unbelievable amounts of energy! I loved watching Coach John interact and instruct the "pups" and I know all of them loved having him as their coach too.
Joe Blackwell and Coach Lewis were amazing to work with and superb role models for all of the young men attending the camp. I am already looking forward to next year and hope to see Joe and Coach Lewis at the Bay Area O-D camp in 2014."
"Cody was Defensive MVP... He said he learned new things..
That is so important. For that we thank you and your coaches.
He made some new friends and had lot's of fun..
Well, thank you for everything...See you next year!"
"Hunter's experience at the O-D Camp in Memphis was excellent. The individual attention to each player, the vast amount of knowledge and great teaching techniques from the camp and the position-specific coaches was nothing short of remarkable. We are very pleased with the camp, the experience itself, and the knowledge and techniques he has taken from the camp. Milow and his team of coaches did an excellent job. We would highly recommend the O-D camp to anyone. If this weren't Hunter's last season in high school, we would absolutely sign up again."
"Thanks so much for all the time that you spent with my son, Mac. He is the leading receiver on his Rec. team and also on his All Star team. He has developed into the "GO TO" Receiver on both teams and has given them a lot more versatility. At CB he has intercepted 2 passes this year and returned one for 46 yards. I give the credit to his improvement to you and your staff. We will be in Atlanta, GA over the Thanksgiving Holiday to play in the Youth Football National Championship. Mac will definitely be back in Pensacola and I would like to send him to a couple more camps over the summer which locations do you recommend?"
"Hello! Just wanted to drop a line and let you know how much my two sons enjoyed O-D camp this year. This was my 13 yr old's 5th year at O-D, and was my 11 year old's 3rd year at O-D. All of the coaches did an amazing job as usual. Coach Kirksey ran a very organized camp. Coach Newton did a fabulous job with my 13 yr old as a lineman coach. My wife and I both have gone out and stayed at the camp everyday for the last 5 years and have enjoyed every minute of what we have seen.
Please pass to the coaches our appreciation for the time that each one of them has put in, not only for our children, but for all of the kids in attendance."
"Good Morning, I just wanted to send an email Thank You to O-D for a great camp at New England this year. The Gillette Stadium experience was amazing. Although the weather was a drag, staff from O-D made the best of it. I understand you guys don't control the weather or the Patriots staff from doing construction. Once again Thanks for a great experience for my son.
Lastly, I would like to send a warm Thank You to Milow, this man is one of the nicest and caring individuals I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. This gentleman from Day 1 was there for the kids and keeping them going. He truly is a great mentor. My son still talks about him daily.
Thank You Milow."
"We have enjoyed the O-D experience, and plan to make this a yearly obligation until Joshua's too old to attend. I have to say, that I personally can see the difference in the kids in our group who attended camp, and those who have never been to O-D camp. Joshua was always a good player, but now he is a great player. Also his new abilities have made his game safer for him and his team mates because he now uses the proper techniques when he plays. As a parent I would like to see more kids attend O-D, if not for the betterment of their game, then for the added safety and reduced injuries that comes with using proper techniques on the field."
"First of all, I would like to greatly appreciate to opportunity to help out and participate as a father counselor at the Raleigh camp this year. It was a great experience! My son Triston Jacobs had a great time again this year. He attended the camp last year also and is already looking forward to atteding the bowl game activities again as well as next years camp. As far as Im concerned, I think the camp was run great, for the children and the father counselors. My son attended the camp last year. I did not know about the father counselor program last year, or else I would have participated in it last year. I think the program was run great! I hope I get to participate next year. I would also like to send a special thank you to to mr. Milow Weems. Amongst his busy schedule with organizing the daily activities and making sure the camp was run to perfection, he also took time to spend some special one on one time with my son with some issues he was having at camp. He made a great and lasting impression on my son. My son, before we left had to find him and take a picture with him. That the kind of bonding and mentoring that can make a major difference in a childs life. Again, I would like to express my dearest thank you to the staff of O-D for the experience, not only for just my son but mine as well. See you next year!"
"I've been bringing my kids to O-D football for a long time. I started attending camp with my oldest son Najja Johnson. Najja is now 21 years of age and play division 1 football at University of Buffalo. He enjoyed his O-D experience every year. I now have a ten year old son, Taji Johnson. Taji started O-D experience at seven years old. Taji attended Rochester 2009, Charlotte 2010, Orlando 2011 and this year Raleigh camp. We live in Atlanta GA. but I allow him to pick the city he wants to attend every year. Our experience at Raleigh was tremendous. He really enjoyed the camp. We will be signing up for the roll over program looking forward to next year.
I want to acknowledge some outstanding employee I seen this year. First of all, there was a trainer there name Trisha. I noticed day one that she worked her "tail off". The temperature was in the high nineties and kids dehydrated very early in the camp. She treated every kid with a personal touch. Late in the evening of day two, Taji twisted a knee during the Oklahoma drill. She quickly assisted him, checked the knee and immediately iced the knee. Her tent was full of injured kids when Taji showed up. Still, she attended to his need very promptly. All week the trainer at this camp showed patience and knowledge. She did outstanding job.
Coach Ronnie Mason and Coach TC, youth 7 to 10 years olds also did a great job. Both coaches showed patience needed to work with young players. They were fair and gave each kids a chance to perform."
"My son and I where driving on campus and we saw the OD camp setting up my son wanted to let you guys know he says thanks.He was the campership award winner in the 1st Ft.lauderdale camp and last season he became the leading single season rusher in Broward (Florida) history surpassing the previous record holder. He will be attending FAU and was the only rb sighned on scholarship. If you go on Youtube he has many highlight videos of the record breaking season."
"My son, Ricky, just finished camp today at the Carlsbad (San Diego) location. I just wanted to let you know what a perfect venue this location was. He has been to 5 O-D camps in 4 years and this was by far our favorite. I spoke to most all of the other parents and they all agreed. I suggested that they should let you know as well, but I'm not sure if they will. We all enjoyed the nice ocean breeze, the cooler temperatures, beautiful field, nice dorm facilities, convenient location of the cafeteria, multitude of activities surrounding the area, close proximity of restaurants and other facilities. I am not sure if you are considering this same location for next year, but I certainly hope you will. I heard a lot of fathers saying that they are going to bring more of their football players with them next year, now that they know what to expect. Most of the parents said that they will be back next year. Just thought you would like some feedback, as it was the first year there. Thanks for your time. See you in Orlando."
"I just wanted to say thank you for all you did for the youth all american bowl. My son Zach had the best experience ever and has committed to work even harder so he can hopefully qualify again next year. Often satisfied parents don't say anything while difficult parents tend to be more vocal- please realize how much we appreciated all of your efforts.
Again this was an awesome opportunity and I am grateful to the entire O-D family and proud my son is a part of it."
"YES MOST DEFINITELY!!! We are Part of Naples Hurricanes Pop Warner Football Assoc here in Naples. . . . I know that we are getting a large group together this year . . . I know that our President has already spoken to someone over there at OD. Looking forward to this year's camp.
You have the best run camp, my son loved it last year!!!"
"Hey Mr. Whittier, Aaron Wilmer here.....Just wanted to remind you that I signed with West Chester University on a partial scholarship to play football....Thanks to O-D helping me a lot...I appreciate everything I have learned and you guys helped me reach the next level...I will keep you updated on how my college season goes...Thanks again."
"My Son, Layne has attended your camps (Indianapolis & Pensacola) for the past two years and is the starting QB for the All-Star team, and I have been asked by countless number of parents how did he get that good, and my response is always "O-D and hard work"!"
"Just a quick note to complement you on your selection of coaches. My son attended the Denver camp and was primarily coached by Nick Oppenneer for defensive backs and Binkey Benton for running backs. After the camp I researched both coaches and learned of their football careers. Both coaches a known for their work ethic which resulted in successful football careers. Just the kind of guys I want teaching my kid. Since attending Offense Defense Camps for the last three years, my son's football skill has improved greatly. Thanks again for selecting the high quality coaches you do."
"We just got your e-mail recently...And thought it a good thing to tell you that our son Sean had attended two O_D camps during his teen years. Detroit at 12,and Indianapolis at 14. He got incredible guidance, and the best coaching hands on. The fact that O-D camps were the only one's that offered contact was a big plus for us as he really got allot out them both.
Sean was an all-state pick his senior year, and also selected as one of the Michigan Touchdown club's "GREAT EIGHT AWARD WINNERS"
He committed to the University of Cincinnati in May of his Junior year. he had offers to play in the Big Ten, Big East, as well as the MAC. O-D camps definitely made a difference, and it was the suggestions of several O-D coaches that persuaded him to consider playing on into his college years...For us O-D wasn't only a solid investment into our son's future; It was a great experience for him!"
"We would like to first thank you for giving our son Elijah the opportunity to play in the Youth O-D BOWL. At this years Atlanta camp Elijah trained with the Senior campers because he was entering the 9th grade and wanted to get challenged and prepared for JV try outs. I'm not sure how that affect his status or the age requirement for the youth bowl. We also want to give thanks to OFFENSE DEFENSE for several years of great football training for our son. Elijah has accomplished great things with the help of OFFENSE DEFENSE.
Elijah is 13 and will be 14 years of age in November. This school year he entered the 9th grade. We expected Elijah to go out for the JV football team and due to all his hard work and training from O-D he ended up making the Varsity team as a 9th grader. Elijah is now playing RB AND DB. He is getting a significant amount of playing time on both sides of the ball and special teams. The first game of the season he scored his first Varsity touch down!!! Elijah received his first start last Friday night at the defensive back position and did very well. Again we just want to thank O-D for years of great training..."
"Our 8 year old son, Matthew S., just finished up at the Long Island Camp (at St. John's) and all we can say is "WOW!" You guys really know what you are doing when it comes to football and, more importantly, you understand how to deal with the whole child. Matthew loves football but has traits of autism/Asperger's so we were a little apprehensive about sending him to such an intensive football camp.
We signed him up as a Day Camper, but, halfway through the first day, we realized how open and sensitive the senior management (Coach Fine and extended day Coach Lanny), the field coaches (special thanks to Coach Flo and Coach Toomer) and counselors (too many to name) were to a child with these issues so we immediately signed him up for the extended day program. This was the best decision we made. Coach Flo was generous in spirit and very accommodating, and Matthew thrived with the added attention. Matthew was on Coach Toomer's team and Coach Toomer continued to encourage him, and to bring out the best in him.
The Camp not only vastly improved his football skills for this upcoming season but, for sure, the positive reinforcement and social experiences he had are immeasurable."
"We look forward to Camp this summer, and can not Thank OD enough for the development of my son John through the many years of attending OD camp from the instruction and coaching.
My son John, will be a Senior in High School this fall and this will be his final year of camp at OD unfortunately, after 5years of attending camp this will be the 6th year in a row - and the one that will have the most meaning.
Maybe OD should single out - or do something special or recognize for those @ camp that will be making it there final year because they are seniors, and are not able to attend any more.
Because of OD, and the caliber of coaching he has received from OD, he has played at the Varsity High School level since he was a Sophomore - Last year @ OD camp had a goal and a mission in wanting receive the distinguished OD Camp Most Outstanding Player for Offensive & Defensive line, and at the end of the camp in 2007 - he was awarded just that ! ( Hopefully ) he can do it again !
The main reason for my communication is to let all of you @ OD know how grateful we are for the influence you have made in his performance as well as confidence. I also wanted to know if there was anything additional you offer, that he can attend in addition to the regular OD camp - that he can participate in to extend his knowledge and expierence.
Again this will be his final year, and we wanted to get the very most of everything, being this will be his Senior year - preparing him for college and any opportunities they may come along to continue playing Football at the college level - possably. For the most part preparing him for his Senior year is most important, as we will take one step at a time, and whatever comes from that , evaluate it at that time as it comes.
Again, Thank you again OD, it has been some outstanding years being part of a great organization, and have talked to everyone I know about the expierence and highly recommend your program.
We will never forget where we came from, and I know from the years past , there was never a year that my son did not ask me, If I had signed him yet ! As he looked forward to it every year - and he and I will miss it !
We look forward to seeing you at OD Tampa camp!"
"JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT MY GRANDSON AND I ENJOYED YOUR PITTSBURGH CAMP. WHAT A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE! HE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT BEING A BETTER FOOTBALL PLAYER, AND I TRULY ENJOYED BEING WITH HIM AND THE OTHER BOYS AS A FATHER-COUNSELOR. AND WE ARE ALREADY EXCITED ABOUT COMING TO CAMP NEXT YEAR. ......... THANK YOU.........THANK YOU..........THANK YOU. .........."
"Back in 2007, my son had finished his first year of high school football in the Winnipeg High School Football League (in Canada) and was looking forward to grade 11.He enjoyed some success that year as his team made it to the championship game. My wife and I decided for my son to develop as an athlete in the sport of Football, which he really loved, he needed to go where the sport has a very high social priority and he could be immersed in the culture that develops the best players in the world. I researched many camps - after all, this was a significant decision for us and would not come without similar costs. After all the research, we chose to send him to the O-D camp in San Diego, CA. We registered him as a sleep-away camper and we would let the Pro's coach him on the field and let the culture of his fellow athletes help develop his respect for the game and its players off the field.
We checked in on him a couple times a day (in between taking in the Zoo and other fabulous venues around San Diego!) and I took pictures and video-taped drills - it was a really exciting time for us as a family - sometimes I just had to sit back and remind myself where we were, at QualComm field watching my own son play football - amazing. My son was changing, we saw it in him every day, he spoke a little different, he played really, really hard - you need full contact to bring out the coaching points you need to teach, and that was very evident in my sons progression. He attended the specialty clinics, and was well liked by the coaches and players; he made many friends there that he is still in contact with. In fact, at registration on day 1, Coach Sanchez - whom I've never seen in my life, but will never forget - looks over at me and my CFL hat that I was wearing: "Blue Bombers?" he said rather loudly "Blue Bombers! Are you from Winnipeg?" - Well, I was blown away, my son was as well! It turned out he coached the Running Back for the Bombers, a CFL all-star, rushing and TD leader and very popular back home, and then Coach Sanchez pulled out his phone and called him up, and gave the phone to my son! It was amazing, truly unbelievable! At the end of camp, during closing ceremonies, as if this trip couldn't get any better, it did: they called my son's name for the MVP award!
In the parking lot after camp was over, a couple coaches came up to us as we were packing up and told us how special he was and that he had a bright future no matter what he chose to do. That has never happened before, or since. The enthusiasm and positive atmosphere created by the Coaches and Volunteers alike was more than we could hope for. Can a Parent be any prouder? Has anybody ever gotten a better return on any investment? I don't think so!
After we got home -just over 9000 miles and almost 3 weeks on the road, my son headed to pre-season camp and tore it up that year, being scouted by a few top Canadian schools and even a D1 school from the US! His coaches were impressed; his team mates were as well. Then, I have to say, something that I had never even thought of began to happen; something even more special to me and my wife. You see I coach youth football - but I never played the game myself. When my oldest wanted to play it was a totally new experience for me. But the following our return, when I was coaching his younger brother's team, my oldest would come and help out - and he started to teach the kids, and me and all the other coaches, aspects of the game none of us had ever seen. I would ask him "where's that from?" is that legal!?" he would answer "It's what I was taught at O-D". It was nothing you can read in a book, it's the small tips, the details that make a player 'make plays'. Alignment tips, hand position tips, recovery tricks, the list goes on.
It became clear only after we had returned from San Diego, that was the reason we sent him, to stay with the kids at SDSU, that is the Football Culture you can't teach, but is abundantly provided to experience and learn from at the O-D camp. He helped us go all the way that year, and he's had an impact on every team I have coached since, because I can teach those details now that he has taught me- in fact even though he has moved out and living his own life now, he still helps his little brothers, who are outstanding football players now at age 13 and 15, earning team MVP honours multiple times. He still keeps his most treasured trophy, the MVP Football he got from O-D. My wife and I made an agreement that we would try to send his two younger brothers to O-D when they start High school football as well. I have to say that time in our lives has been the brightest point for a very long time. The global recession hit everybody hard shortly after, I lost my job as did millions of other people. We talk often of the time in San Diego and the O-D Camp.
"The gift that keeps giving" sometimes seems cliche, but it is so true when we talk about O-D, its that "Return on Investment" I mentioned - O-D still pays Dividends, and hundreds of kids in our community have received them. We will get back to O-D for our younger 2 boys, we tried to plan for it the past 3 years, but it just has not been possible. We are planning to make the trip again next year, as we want to bring the latest additions to our family and I hope they will be next in our own little O-D Football legacy. The Memories, joy and fulfilment my family has experienced through the O-D football camp is priceless in every sense of the word.
With my most sincere gratitude, Thank you.
"My son and I just recently attended your San Francisco camp, and I must say, although this was our first experience at camp, I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism and the effort put forth by your staff. It was an honor being a Father-Counselor and I can truly say that this was the best five days of our entire summer! My son truly learned alot about football, and it showed when he started playing this year. So the buzz has been about "this camp" that Puma (my son) attended and more parents are really interested in O-D, and now it looks like we have a group coming from our orginization. So if you could email me back about how group rates work, I would really appreciate it. The only problem is that although we will be together as a group, the parents wanted the autonomy of doing their own payments and being responsible for them. (I'm sure that will be no problem) But hey Sal, I'm looking forward to another fantastic five days of football next summer with O-D and your crew, so keep up the good work!"
"My Son, Layne, attended the Pensacola camp and I wanted to extend a big thank you to all staff that made that camp a great success. The coaching was top notch, and Layne was pushed to a higher level of football that he has never received. The director, Dave, kept the camp moving and everyone knew what they needed to do and when."
"He got some great news lately as well. He was chosen for VTO Sports "Elite 100" and will be participating in their Division I A scouting match-up as a wide receiver. He has also been training at XXXX Sports with Antico Dalton of the 2002 New England Patriots who is impressed with Joey's footwork, sense of team play and agility. Joey told him that he credits a lot of what he does to what he learned at your Charlotte camp last year.
As a parent, I think your program is phenomenal in developing young men into total athletes; young men who are athletic, competitive, team-oriented and have a good sense of fair play. It's worked for Joey and is what I tell everyone with a son coming up who is interested in a worthwhile camp experience."
"I am writing O-D Sports to extend a special thanks to Coach Fine for the outstanding job he and the other coaches did at the San Antonio camp this week. The level of organization, intense teaching and discipline was outstanding. My son learned a lot in addition to the techniques of the game. It's obvious why coach Fine is a head coach at the collegiate level. I would recommend the camp to any kid who is serious about learning the game the right way and to any parent who is willing to let their son grow up."