Russell Wilson Starts Quarterback Academy For Worldwide Youth
A high school encounter with NFL QB legend Peyton Manning changed Russell Wilson’s life as a youth and made him the player he is today. Now he hopes to do the same with his new camp. His camps have a little twist to it, he wants it to be worldwide not just in North America.
Inspired by the experience with Manning, Wilson held own one-day passing camps every summer since entering the NFL. However, he's looking to expand his camps beyond the summer.
Wednesday he announced that he's partnering with former teammate Jake Heaps to create the Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy.
He has huge goals for the camp. He's traveling to China next week in conjunction with Nike. Part of the trip has Wilson checking out potential sites to hold a quarterback camp there next year. He has worked with also 8000 kids during these camps. Him and Heap want to boost that number to 60,000 by next year.
Wilson on his goals for the camp:
"Our thought process is to be able to consistently teach kids the quarterback position at a high, high level," - Wilson
“Not just have a camp that's a one-day camp, but also an opportunity to give training lessons, one-on-one lessons, private sessions, on-field training, the elite summer camps, with some of the best kids in the country training with us. And also classroom training.” - Wilson
Russell Wilson also wants to use the camps to help student deter from distractions that can occur in high and help boost GPAs of student athletes. He also wants for his student to become technology savvy not only to study football film but also class assignments.
Not only is he a great football player but also a positive role model.
We are rooting for you Mr. Wilson