NASHVILLE, Tenn. –**The Tennessee Titans, in conjunction with the NFL, partnered with the Muñoz Agency to host their second annual NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park. The camp included over 200 youth from several local youth organizations, spanning diverse backgrounds.
"The Tennessee Titans are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Anthony Munoz Agency for the PLAY 60 Character Camp," said Tina Tuggle, Titans Director of Community Relations. "While we are committed to teaching the importance of health and fitness, we also believe that it is important to center those with positive character attributes creating a solid foundation for the rest of their lives."
The Titans teamed up with the Munoz agency to host the second annual NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Joshua Love)
The Play 60 camp is designed to teach youth basic football skills, promote 60 minutes of daily activity, and build positive character traits. The camp revolved around eight character values to guide the participating youth's lives -- Faith, Gratefulness, Self-Control, Loyalty, Honor, Responsibility, Truthfulness, and Integrity.
During the camp, Coach Andy Olds, Munoz Agency Camp Director, challenged the campers on a number of point, including doing their best, gaining football knowledge, putting character in action and earning an MVP (Most Valuable Person).
"We are helping the NFL by promoting football, spreading the Play 60 message, as well as encouraging kids to eat breakfast," said Olds. "The power of coaching and influence is alive and well, and we have character traits we weave into the curriculum throughout the day to teach the kids to be better people and football players."
Current and former Titans paid a visit to the camp. Blaine Bishop, Marcus Dixon, Brad Hopkins, Donnie Nickey, Michael Preston, and Brian Schwenke all came to volunteer their time, encourage healthy living habits, and provide an example of how far good character can take you.
"The idea here is about character," Schwenke said. "A lot of drills are about listening and following instructions, not just about being the fastest kid."
"When you get around kids they really look up to you." added Nickey. "To share with them the non-athletic traits that got us in the NFL and kept us there is a valuable thing."
Each participant left camp with a better understanding of the NFL Play 60 program, the tools needed to be a great person and also a goodie bag that included a football with a hang-tag that offers youth an opportunity to view videos teaching the basics of football on the NFL's youth website, NFLRUSH.com.
About the NFL Character Camp
The Character Camp mission is to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise, and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. The program works in collaboration with USA Football and its NFL FLAG curriculum, which introduces children to football by teaching basic skills in a non-contact setting. In addition, the camps teach character values that are core to the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, as well as promote NFL PLAY 60's health and fitness message. NFL PLAY 60 is the league's youth health and fitness campaign, aimed at getting kids active for 60 minutes a day.