Pro Sports Experience Blog
Being an athlete can positively increase your net income. A recent survey found high school athletes achieved a level of education 25 to 35 percent higher, including 12 to 31 percent higher wages than their non-athlete classmates.
McDonald’s fast food chain is stepping forward in the journey to promote healthier eating habits to its customers. Recently, the company announced it will discontinue its promotion of soda on its kids menu. Instead, healthier side items will be emphasized, like water, milk, or juice. Although soda will continue to be an option to customers, it will no longer be promoted to the public. Other changes are being made as well. To market healthy eating to children, packaging designs were adjusted to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. McDonald’s is also giving the option to adults to choose a side salad, fruit, or vegetable to substitute the regular French fries choice.
McDonald’s worked in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization set up by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.
Former President Clinton says “If we want to curb the catastrophic economic and health implications of obesity across the world, we need more companies to follow McDonald’s lead and step up to the plate and make meaningful changes.”
Not many people stop to ask a youth athlete exactly why they want to play sports, but the results may surprise you.
The NFL has launched its new campaign, Together We Make Football – Your Story Contest. The league is looking for stories on why the millions of NFL fans love the game. Those wishing to enter can submit a story by either uploading a video or essay about how they’ve been touched by football.
The winning five stories will be announced during the playoffs after being voted on by the fans. The winners will experience five days of NFL extravagance by attend events like the Commissioner’s press conference, the NFL Honors and so much more! At the end winners and two guests will get to attend Super Bowl XLVIII and even walk across the field before kickoff. To read the full prize package and enter your story, go to http://www.togetherwemakefootball.com/
Allan appreciated everything.
If it was a good cause, he wanted to be part it. Allan was easy.
It was easy to be kind to Allan Ellis because he was always kind.
He was “Fast.” Allan was happy to be with you.
Allan Ellis was an original Hero for Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps. He worked over 100 camps, impacted thousands of kids and made our program much, much better.
Allan Ellis will be missed.
The Allan Ellis Football Career
1977 Pro Bowl Selection
Played a nine-season career for Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers
Played college football at UCLA
Played high school football at Centennial High, in Compton, Ca
During his nine-season career as a pro football player, Allan played 105 games and started 82 of them. He goes down in Chicago Bears history as the first Bears cornerback to ever receive a Pro Bowl selection. Allan played college football at UCLA and was later drafted to the Chicago Bears in 1973. In 1976, he was ranked sixth on the NFL leader board for interceptions returned for touchdowns and eighth for non-offensive touchdowns. In the following year, Allan earned a Pro-bowl selection and was ranked seventh in the NFL for interceptions. Allan continued to live in the Chicago area and helped out at some of the Chicago franchise’s football camps.
We all want to motivate our children to do their best, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to say. There are many ways that as a parent or coach you can improve your child’s mental game by what you do and don’t say. Dr. Patrick Cohn has the top three tips for instilling confidence in your young athlete, and they’re very simple—all it takes is awareness. Learn Dr. Cohn’s three strategies here:
For parents, safety is a prime concern when enrolling their kids in sports, especially football. Mom and Sportswriter Anna Mcdonald breaks down how football safety concerns are being addressed, while learning safer tackling techniques herself at a NFL safety clinic. With 500 other mom’s Anna gets a firsthand look at the evolution of safer tackling as well as valuable medical information on concussion awareness and hydration. Instead of saying no to her son who loves playing football, she’s taking the time to ensure coaches are teaching the safe way to play.
While summer is winding down, the issue of hydration never wanes.
For young athletes, staying hydrated is just as important during colder weather as it is throughout hot summer days. While cold weather often lessens a players desire to drink water, they are still raising their body’s heat, leading to sweat and fluid loss.
John Eric Smith, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, suggests similar hydration techniques from summertime be used in the cold for athletes. Read more about Dr. Smith’s ideas here:
Athletes from all over suburbs can attend and learn to play football the Chicago Bears way!
Chicago Bears Youth Football Camp Director lands head football coaching job at South Elgin High School.
All-Pro cornerback Allan Ellis is on hand to coach young players.
Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps
Glendale campers run a modern “stop-and-go route” and learn the fundamentals of the game.
Former Green Bay Packer Kurt Larson shares some wisdom and the oddest question a kid has ever asked him with Waukesha campers.
New York Giants Youth Football Camps
Springfield campers “put to the test,” while enjoying visits from retired New York Giants football players Steven Baker and Perry Williams.
In Livingston, kids “enjoy what they’re doing, but also learn” from camp.
Players develop athletic skills, but also learn life values at Princeton camp.
White Plains campers withstand heat in order to learn the fundamentals of football, develop skills, and have a blast!
Philadelphia Eagles Youth Football Camps
Check out these great photos from our Cherry Hill location.
Cherry Hill campers learn proper and safe tackling techniques and form.
Wilmington campers learn proper hydration techniques to beat the heat.
July is National Ice Cream Month (yum!) and we have an idea for how you can celebrate this treat with your entire team: throw an ice cream sundae party! It’s a great treat after a big game, after your last practice of the season or even to help kids get to know each other before fall football practice begins. The best part? It just takes a little preparation and the fun sort of happens on its own.
Here are some great ideas we found:
Go Easy on the Decorations
No need to get crazy with the decorations—after all, the best decoration will be those goodies you are putting on top of your ice cream. “Take advantage of all the summer tableware and find brightly colored inexpensive plastic dishes that you can use to assemble your ice cream sundae toppings bar,” suggests Amy from Snackpicks. Get plastic bowls, utensils and napkins that match team colors or get waffle bowls—less to clean up!
Don’t Get Fancy with the Flavors
For a kid-focused ice cream party, keep the flavor selections simple. Experts agree that vanilla, chocolate and a fruit flavor are nice options for kids. If you would like, throw in a fourth universally fun flavor such as chocolate chip or cookie dough. Consider having a sorbet option in case you have kids or parents who need something dairy-free.
How Much to Buy?
“Plan at least a cup of ice cream for each guest,” suggests Brad Kramer a Yahoo! Network Contributor. “Your guests will probably eat this size or maybe even a little less. If your list is large consider purchasing the ice cream sold in the larger size buckets thus keeping the party costs lower.”
Pour on the Toppings
While you should keep ice cream flavors simple, feel free to go a little wild with the toppings. “Having a wide variety of colorful toppings available for picky kids to choose from is also key,” says Lauren Mace of Futopia Events. Consider having several different sauces—hot fudge, caramel and strawberry are popular choices for kids and load up on the fun stuff such as M&Ms, animal crackers, pretzels, granola, crushed cookies, gummy worms and fun, colored sprinkles. And, don’t forget the whipped cream!