WITH A CHANCE OF A LIFETIME
On June 9-10, 2012 at Dearborn High School forty Littles participated in a chance of a lifetime as they joined Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh for his 2nd Annual Old Spice Ndamukong Suh football camp.
Registration was valued at $200 per child but ProCamps Worldwide and Ndamukong Suh provided an opportunity for forty of our Littles to participate in the camp on scholarship and attend for free. ProCamps Worldwide brings together hundreds of youth across the country to participate in their camps with professional athletes and locally chose to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.
“We were thrilled to work with ProCamps Worldwide and Ndamukong Suh,” said LaRon Evans, Sports Buddies program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. “Most of our kids don’t have the resources to participate in something like this, so this was such a memorable weekend for each of them.”
The campers spent four hours on the field each day as members of the Suh Squad learning the fundamentals of football and participating in drills and games. Suh said that providing camps likes this is an opportunity for him to give back but to also share life lessons with the youth that are applicable both on and off the field.
“When I was growing up it was instilled in me from my parents and all my mentors to work hard, be diligent and be respectful to everybody and to make sure that when I wanted to earn something that I worked for it and expected success,” shared Suh.
When Little brother, Davon was asked by Fox 2 Detroit (click here to see the video) what things Suh said to him that made an impression he shared that Suh told him to never give up, even if you mess up, just keep going and trying and you’ll accomplish more stuff.
While the Littles were on the field, the Bigs got a chance to cheer them on from the stands. Like Big Brother, Larry Williams who expressed, “I was very impressed with this camp. Ndamukong Suh was here every day from beginning to end. My little brother, Akario really enjoyed himself.”
Well said and we’re sure that Davon, Akario and some additional young fans will be glued to the television this football season.