NFL stars Darnell Dockett and Vishanthe Shiancoe make millions of dollars to entertain football fans on Sundays. But, both Maryland natives say they will never let fortune and fame allow them to forget where they came from. That’s why Shiancoe and Dockett are teaming up with DTLR to host a free football clinic June 28 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex located at 8001 Sheriff Road in Landover, Md.

The one-day football camp will offer comprehensive football drills for 300 student athletes from ages 13-17. The camp will also provide lunch for its participants, morning warm-up exercises for the parents and a recruiting seminar for both parents and student athletes.

DTLR Community Outreach Manager Sherri Goodall said the camp will help many youths take a step closer to turning their dreams into reality.

“DTLR realizes sports is often time the dreams of many urban youth,” Goodall said. “We want to help them reach their goals; so, we have partnered with several outstanding football players and high school coaches in the DMV to help them increase their skills on the field. It only makes sense to bring sports, professional athletes and DTLR’s community efforts together in a way that benefits everyone involved.”

Goodall said the best part about the camp is that the participants will receive advice and tips from professionals and it won’t cost a thing.

“Vishanthe and Darnell understood the importance of making this a free camp, especially during these hard economic times,” said Goodall. “They were willing to put in a lot of work and bring other players to the event that has the same passion and commitment as DTLR to giving back to the community and making sure these student-athletes have quality interaction and walk away better players and students.”  
Dockett said the student athletes will not only walk away better, but also will have an understanding of how to make it to the pros by learning from players that come from where they come from.

“This camp is designed to develop serious student athletes into great players,” said Dockett, a Burtonsville native. “It offers students a unique hands-on training experience that will expose them to the same techniques and drills I used in college and that I continue to use today in the NFL.”

Shiancoe, a Silver Spring native that attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, said he’ll make sure every student athlete in attendance knows they’ll need more than football skills to make it to the professional level.

“It takes more than on-the-field action to get from high school to the pros,” Shiancoe said. “It was important that the camp offered comprehensive on-the-field drills and information on what is required academically for them to succeed past high school; they are students before they are athletes.”


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor