Nearly 120 students braved the heat recently to learn athletic skills and character building from University of Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and other notable former NFL and collegiate players at Cherokee Nation’s Day of Champions camp.
The camp, held June 14-15 at Sequoyah High School football field, was among 39 camps nationwide led by the Day of Champions Inc., founded by Ken Heupel, Northern State University coach, and son, Josh, also the 2000 national champion OU quarterback and consenus All-American.
“We truly enjoy coming here and working with the Cherokee Nation. This is our fifth year here, and it’s great to see the development of kids that have been in the camp before,” said Josh Heupel, who helped students with passing plays, in Nation press release. “This camp is not based on the skill set of athletics, but on four principles we believe in: discipline, respect, trust and hard work. Instilling those values in these kids ultimately gives them a chance to be successful in whatever venture they end up doing in life.”
Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health hosted the camp, which broke students ages 8-14 into small groups to learn basic football, softball and other fundamentals as well as good etiquette from top collegiate coaches and past NFL and Division I, II, III players.
“It is not about coming out and building great athletes. It is more about getting them engaged and teaching them about discipline, hard work and leadership,” said Director of Behavioral Health B.J. Boyd. “Children who learn the skills taught at this camp do well in life.”
The camp was free and open to all students. The Cherokee Nation plans to sponsor and host the camp again next summer.