DETROIT — The Detroit Lions have announced their 2014 Summer Football Camp schedule that includes 32 camps in 28 cities from June-August. In addition to teaching the fundamentals and benefits of the game, camps will emphasize the three pillars of USA Football’s Heads Up Football program: proper tackling techniques, equipment fitting and concussion recognition and protocol. Heads Up Football aims to take the head out of the game, keeping players safer.
This year’s schedule includes a player and parent camp in early July, as well as camps and academies at both Ford Field and the Lions’ training facility in Allen Park.
Director of Detroit Lions Youth Football, Chris Fritzsching, is part of the inaugural class of Master Trainers for the Heads Up Football program, and the Lions were the first NFL team to have a Master Trainer leading its youth football program, and remain at the forefront of this NFL and USA Football initiative.
“Last year, we established a new standard for NFL teams for educating youth on the importance of health and safety issues surrounding our game,” said Detroit Lions Team President Tom Lewand. “This year, we are broadening our focus and raising health and safety education standards for parents and coaches, while reinforcing these fundamentals with their players.”
Detroit Lions Football Camps and Academies are open to boys and girls, ages 4-18, are non-contact and fundamental, and designed to improve beginning, intermediate or advanced skill levels. Camps and mini-camps provide fundamental instruction on all positions for both sides of the football. Academies focus on specific positions and allow for more detailed instruction and player development.
“We are committed to providing a fun, safe and educational football experience with our Detroit Lions Summer Football Camps and Academies”, said Fritzsching. “The goal of our camps is teaching the game on the field and life lessons off the field, while stressing the importance of player health and safety.”
Participants are grouped based on age and skill level. Each camp is limited to the first 70 participants to register and is conducted by Fritzsching and the Detroit Lions Football Camp coaching staff, who are professional educators from the collegiate and high school ranks.
For additional information or to register, click here or call 313-262-2248. For media inquires please contact Ben Manges, Ben.Manges@lions.nfl.net or 313-216-4190.