A dream turned into an idea, blossomed into reality to become the most comprehensive satellite camp in the country. The Sound Mind Sound Body Camp held at Wayne State University in Detroit is the premier camp in the nation. This year the camp has expanded to six cities (Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Tampa, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.)
The camp focuses on every aspect of being a student-athlete — not just the on-field aspects. Sessions for campers included: Business of Sport, NCAA Eligibility, What it Takes to Make it, and More than an Athlete. The camp is not just for the students. There parent focused sessions that cover recruiting and Health and Safety as well as other aspects of recruiting that the parents may have to deal with. This all occurs before any on the field activities begin. The diversity in sessions allows the campers to get the full understanding of what it takes to be a success student-athlete on the next level — SMSB Founder and current Michigan State University staffer Curtis Blackwell even found time to speak during the to Knowing the Numbers session.
The classroom setting would be enough to set Sound Mind, Sound Body apart from other national satellite camps, but there was a who’s who from a diverse field of expertise in attendance. Former NFL players like Kevin Vickerson, Gerald McBurrows, Larry Foote and Demeris Johnson discussed how difficult the path to the NFL can be — even with you working hard. World renown motivational speakers Rapheal Johnson and Eric Thomas also gave the campers numerous nuggets of inspiration that they could apply to their life on and off the field.
Thomas: “Money is not your No. 1 goal. Relationships are your No. 1 goal.” #SMSBTakeover
— SoundMind SoundBody® (@SMSBFootball) June 10, 2016
A laundry list of NCAA football coaches spoke as well as evaluated the talented campers including: Jim Harbaugh (U of M), Urban Myer (OSU), Mark Dantonio (MSU), Brian Kelly(ND), Dino Babers (Syracuse), Darrell Hazell (Purdue) and Matt Campbell (ISU) to name a few.
The level of competition was higher than in past years as there were numerous players participating with double digits offers prior to the camp. Coaches led the campers in positional and highly competitive individual battles as players were pushed to their limit.
Over 700 middle and high schools athletes participated in the camp this year abd based upon the reaction from attendees the Sound Mind Sound Body camp was a total success and will only get better as the years go by.
Numerous SMSB VIP alums showed up to support and spoke on the true impact of the camp.
Devin Funchess-WR (University of Michigan/Carolina Panthers)
Mike Weber-RB (Ohio State University)
If you missed the Detroit camp you can catch the SMSB train in Tampa, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C.
Check them out at: http://www.smsbacademy.com/