Six Altus student athletes from grades 7-9 attended a USA Football’s Regional Development Camp in Oaklahoma City recently.
At the camp the boys got the opportunity to work with and learn from NCAA coaches and elite high school coaches from across the region. The camp focused on position skills and technique development, as well as character development for success on and off the field. As participants, the boys were eligible for selection into the U.S. National Team.
Four of the six young men were invited to participate in the U.S. National Team Development Games. These are:
* Mysean Wells, running back, 14 years old, ninth-grade,
* D’Marco De La Paz, linebacker, 14 years old, ninth-grade,
* Laethon Patterson, linebacker, 13 years old, eighth-grade,
* Solomon Arrington II, offensive line, 12 years old, seventh-grade.
The U.S. National Team Development Games is an exclusive, invitation-only program with selection based on an athlete’s skills, leadership and character. They were selected out of thousands of athletes from several regional camps. The U.S. National Game week is scheduled for Walsh University in Canton, Ohio from July 19-23.
The athletes are set to train for five days with current college coaches, top high school coaches and NFL alumni. The athletes typically stay in the dorms on campus with teammates.
They are slated to participate in practice sessions, film study, scrimmages, seven-on-seven competitions and full-length games.
By attending the event, the young men have an opportunity to earn a spot on the 14-and-under U.S. National Football Team, as well as representing the Altus community at the U.S. National Development Games.