Columbus, OH, June 04, 2015 — — Pittsburgh Steelers Le’Veon Bell returned to his hometown to host a free football camp for 200 high school varsity players at his alma mater, Groveport Madison High School, in Columbus Ohio.
Le’Veon believes there is an abundance of homegrown talent in Columbus and created the camp to assist those student athletes in getting exposure to top area college coaches.
Local high school and college coaches took campers through a series of collegiate style drills, key football fundamentals, timed performance drills, position specific techniques and conditioning methods.
During lunch the campers participated in a Chalk Talk session that included Coach Bill Conley, head coach at Ohio Dominican University and former coach at Groveport Madison High. Coach Conley provided campers with essential tools on taking their game to the next level, emphasizing the dedication and focus that is needed to succeed. Attorney Adisa Bakari, Le’Veon’s agent, provided harsh statistics of the number of players that actually make it to the NFL. He told the group that their primary focus should be on education, “You may not end up being a pro football player but you can be a professional at something.”
Le’Veon used the opportunity to tell the campers his story and to encourage them to dream big. “These young guys see my on-field success on TV and consider me a ‘celebrity,’ but I hope they realize that I am no different from them.” Bell added, “If they are willing to work hard, stay persistent in going after their dreams, and keep a positive attitude, they will be successful on and off the field.”
Le’Veon is passionate about supporting his community and will continue his mission to empower young student athletes with a series of events that will launch in Pittsburgh during the upcoming season.
Camp photos are available on the Le’Veon Bell Facebook Fan page. www.Facebook.com/LeVeonBellOfficial
The Le’Veon Bell Youth Football Camp was sponsored in part by Sylvia Garrett’s Nationwide Insurance Agency, the NFL, NFLPA, Pittsburgh Steelers, GJ Pepsi, Nike Football, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Sign City, Groveport Dental Group, Groveport Madison High School, Marriott Columbus Airport, Therapearl, Groveport EMS, Total Sports Enterprises, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dynex.
About Le’Veon Bell: Le’Veon Bell was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013. He rushed for 2,221 yards in his first two seasons of his NFL career, the most by a Steeler in their first two years with the team. He set a franchise record for the most yards from scrimmage by a Steeler in their first two seasons. He became the third player in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season without fumbling. In 2015 he was awarded the Steelers’ MVP honor, AFC Offensive Player of the Year, FedEx Ground Player of the Year, Fantasy Player of the Year and selected to the Pro Bowl. Off the field, the Ohio native is settling into the Pittsburgh community and actively participates in the team’s community outreach efforts.
Socially: Twitter @L_Bell26, Facebook @LeVeonBellOfficial and Instagram @SteelerRB26