Press Release: Former NFL Defensive Tackle Fred Robbins Hosts Football and Career Camp for Local Hig
FORMER NFL DEFENSIVE TACKLE FRED ROBBINS HOSTS FOOTBALL AND CAREER CAMP FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLERS -Robbins offers the free three-day camp through his non-profit, Mr. Robbins’ Neighborhood-
GULF BREEZE, Fla. – Back by popular demand, Fred and Tia Robbins announced today the return of their signature program, ‘The Game Plan’ camp for local high school football players.
The event will take place June 22-24 at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, and is supported by the Robbins’ nonprofit, Mr. Robbins Neighborhood.
The Game Plan is a free, three-day career development and football camp for aspiring athletes primarily from underfunded schools and low-income neighborhoods. The intensive, interactive program is designed to arm athletes with the knowledge and tools to succeed in athletics from a business and skills perspective while also helping them recognize what success looks like outside of their athletic abilities.
“Statistics show that only 1.6% of high school football players will make it to the pros,” says founder and former NFL defensive tackle Fred Robbins. We have designed ‘The Game Plan’ to prepare our aspiring athletes for this reality. Through the curriculum and the speakers we bring in from around the country, our athletes leave our camp inspired and prepared to set up their own game plan for success.”
The core strategy of The Game Plan is centered on five focus areas; football as a business, football fitness and training, education, career exploration and life skills. This unique approach challenges athletes on the field by receiving specialized training from top athletic trainers, as well as off the field by engaging them in unique workshops taught by leaders, industry professionals and professional athletes.
In 2012, Robbins retired from a 12-year NFL career and returned to his hometown of Pensacola.
He founded Mr. Robbins’ Neighborhood two years later and held his inaugural youth camp that summer. The organization, which recently re-launched as its own 501c3 to expand its reach and improve its programs offerings for the community’s specific needs, is proud to once again offer this excellent program.
“Tia and I are excited to bring back The Game Plan and help aspiring youth in our community,” said Robbins. “Pensacola has some of the highest high school dropout rates in the state. We believe that the content and knowledge set forth through Mr. Robbins’ Neighborhood principles and our camp, can inspire hope and provide encouragement to the area’s athletes who have the desire to reach for the stars.”
About Mr. Robbins Neighborhood: Mr. Robbins’ Neighborhood (MRN) was established in 2014 by 12-year NFL veteran Fred Robbins and his wife, Tia. The organization’s foundation is rooted in the couple’s passion to provide guidance and mentorship to young athletes on their life journeys.
The harsh reality is 99.81 percent of high school athletes who participate in sports do not achieve a professional sports dream. Even for those who do play professionally, athletic careers are often short lived. The purpose of Mr. Robbins’ Neighborhood is to address this issue. MRN works to inform student athletes of the realities of chasing a professional sports career while arming them with the knowledge and skills to achieve success in non-sports arenas. The MRN program is rooted in the effort to broaden the landscape of what inspiration, dreams and goals can look like for the youth of Pensacola. The organization’s ultimate goal is to decrease the number of young athletes who are not prepared at the end of a high school, collegiate or professional career to transition to a new profession and realize success.
About Fred Robbins: Former Super Bowl champion and retired NFL defensive tackle Fred Robbins began his illustrious 12-year professional football career when he was drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. During his career, Fred was a member of the Vikings, New York Giants and the St. Louis Rams. He retired from the NFL in 2012.
Robbins now works with young football players as an athletic coach at EXOS, a sector of Andrews Institute. Fred attended J.M. Tate High School in Pensacola where he lettered in football and baseball. In 2016, he was inducted into the Pensacola Sports Hall of Fame.
Robbins played college football at Wake Forest University where he started every game for three years at defensive tackle. Robbins’ alma mater honored his collegiate career in 2015 by inducting him into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame.
About Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine: Located minutes from Pensacola, Fla., in Gulf Breeze, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine provides world-class care and service for the athlete in everyone. The Institute features more than 40 physicians and medical experts providing best-in-class service in specialties ranging from orthopaedics and sports medicine to joint care and neurosurgery, and is accessible to everyone. It is the world’s only facility offering surgery, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and athletic performance training all on one campus. The one-of-a-kind center focuses on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries while using the expertise of nationally and internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon James Andrews, M.D.
Dr. Andrews is best known as physician to some of sport’s greatest professional athletes. For more information, visit www.AndrewsInstitute.com.