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Arms of Hope and Northland Christian School Hold Character Camp in Houston
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Posted on 06/14/2011

Northland Christian football team reaches out to help youth football program

BY REGGIE JACKSON
Sun Correspondent | Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:07 pm

Arms of Hope –- a not-for-profit Christian organization -- focused on assisting and extending a loving hand to youth athletes in Fort Bend County.

Northland Christian has adopted the Fort Bend Falcons Pee-Wee football team through Arms of Hope; Cougars coaches and players instructed the youth football players at their  inaugural football camp on June 11.

Northland Christian head football coach David Nelson has partnered with the Arms of Hope, and brought his players to offer their wisdom and mentorship to the younger generation of the community.

“We want to be apart of the community,” Nelson said. “These kids need to know that you don’t have to be a certain age to help someone.”

The Fort Bend Falcons brought out more than 120 kids to this event, including football players and cheerleaders.

Both parties shared an unforgettable experience, from the high school football players to the coaches and, to the cheerleaders that learned how to do jumps and splits.

The Northland Christian coaches mentored the Falcons coaches on how to facilitate some of the drills and offered other coaching tips to incorporate in the camp.

Former Texans/Buccaneers fullback Jameel Cook also was a participant in this event as well.

President of Arms of Hope Joe Dalton and member /coach Terry Drake of the outreach Ministry for Arms of Hope shared their philosophy

Each station that the kids sectioned off at had a character trait where you learn one particular trait.

“My goal and passion in life is to be a spiritually strong, positive role model for at risk children. Teaching less fortunate young people the importance of strong character in achieving their dreams is essential to creating the champions of tomorrow.” Drake said. “Character is what you do when no one is watching.”

Coach Drake is a member of the National Football Player Association (NFLPA), who organized this camp together with implementing all of the different drills for the boys and the cheerleading for the girls.

Drake and Nelson built a partnership to come together through the Arms of Hope foundation by providing a safe haven for kids at the camp.

One trait that was practiced quite often during this event was building integrity. Many of these kids had their first opportunity to participate in an organized setting, so it became important to grasp these kids attention at an early age. For some, it was an eye opening experience on how to work together with others, and share common ground with their peers.