Anyone who knows my son knows how much he loves football. Following his attendance at the USA Football Regional Development camps in Lexington and Indianapolis, Tate was selected to take part in the 2017 U.S. National Team Development Games this summer as a Linebacker! Tate will be traveling to Canton, OH, at the end of July to participate in a 5-day overnight camp that led by college coaches and former NFL players. The camp will end with a full-contact game on Saturday, July 22nd (televised online), where he will wear the stars and stripes of the US National Team.
Invitation to the U.S. National Team program is a very selective process, and advancement to the Development Games the final step in the USNFT player training and evaluation pathway. Per USA Football, it is a tremendous accomplishment that could lead to even bigger opportunities down the road. Invitation to the program was based on talent, leadership, and character. Rosters for these events are comprised of the best players from across 30 highly-competitive Regional Development camps that were held nationwide this spring. Players from the Development Games can be selected for participation in the International Bowl games. Of approximately 15,000+ RDC campers, only about 2,500 are selected for the Development Games.
Of course, like any program, there is a cost involved. This covers everything from uniform and equipment costs to food, board, and travel. The FlipGive site allows Tate to earn funds toward his goal when you buy something online (including gift cards). Or, if you do not wish to make any online purchases, it also allows you to make a direct donation to his campaign. Emily and I have also challenged Tate to earn a portion of his own funds. This is just one of the ways for him to carry out that goal.
If you are shopping online and do not mind joining Tate’s team, your participation or contribution of any type or amount is greatly appreciated!