RETURNING HOME TO THE CITY OF
OPA-LOCKA - Cleveland Brown’s #9 Quarterback, Thaddeus Lewis and Chicago Bears #25 Running Back, Armando Allen, Jr., will return HOME to partner with the City of Opa-locka Parks & Recreation Department to conduct the Off-Season Training, Development Skills and Enhancement FIRST ANNUAL FOOTBALL and CHEER CLINIC from 10:00AM to 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Sherbondy Park Village, 390 Bahman Avenue in “The Great” City of Opa-locka.
Both Lewis and Allen were excited about the opportunity to work with the youth of Opa-locka during this one-day event. As a result of their enthusiasm, both players began reaching out to other NFL friends and sponsors, inviting them to also participate in the clinic. During one of the initial meetings, Park Director Charles Brown, Assistant Director Lorenzo Laidler, Lead Supervisors Zonya Ray and Daicari Griffin began reviewing a checklist of supplies and equipment needed for the clinic, when Allen “stepped-up,” making reference to some of the items listed, said, “Don’t worry about that… I already got it!” Simultaneously, Lewis could be overheard on his cell phone talking to his Manager about securing sponsorships from Vitamin Water, PoPchips and Zico Coconut Water. “We are serious about this Football Clinic,” declared Lewis, to which Allen added, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
Although rivals on the football field, the two have actually been good friends for years in the community and on the same football team at Hialeah Miami Lakes, High School. Statistically of the 100,000 high school seniors who play football every year, only 215 (0.2%) will ever make an NFL roster. Of the 9,000 players that make it to the college level, only 310 are invited to the NFL. These two men beat the odds.
Tossing a football, while recording a Public Service Announcement to promote the Football & Cheer Clinic, the two gentleman discussed their parallel careers in the pros and their intent to share their skills, incite inspiration and give hope to youth “at home” who also have the dream AND the potential for playing professionally. “Most people who want to become NFL players will not, but through the Football Clinic, we can help them enhance their skills and show them it IS possible, as long as they remain focused, disciplined, committed and work hard on and off the field,” commented Allen. Lewis continued, “And their options are not limited to just playing ball. That’s where their education, character and good behavior plays an essential role, while exploring additional prospects.” Allen, in spite of his success remains in Opa-locka during off-season, added, “It is imperative to reach back to your community!”
Lewis and Allen will both be available for a press conference from 9:30-9:50 AM, during the registration, before the Football & Cheer Clinic begins. Grades 5th through 8th are allowed to participate in the Football Clinic and ALL ages may take part in the Cheer Clinic. The first 100 to pre-register will receive a t-shirt. Pre-registration deadline is Friday March 23, at 5:00 PM.
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