July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa National Guard, in conjunction with the National Football League, is hosting a High School Player Development (HSPD) Football camp at Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa July 20 – 21. The camp is completely free to all Iowa high school football players (grades 9-12). Lodging and food will be provided. Enrollment is limited to the first 150 applicants, first-come, first-served.  The two-day seminar, staffed by high school coaches and members of the Iowa Barnstormers, will be conducted on Friday, July 20 from 1:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 21 from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to the NFL, the High School Player Development program addresses challenges facing high school football programs across the country focusing primarily on underserved communities. HSPD serves as a free resource for both high school players and coaches. The program emphasizes safety and concussion awareness, character development and life skills, and football fundamentals.

The HSPD is also dedicated to character development. It is the NFL’s mission to provide HSPD participants a program that focuses on inspiring excellence in the classroom, community, and on the playing field. The HSPD Site Manager, with the help of his coaches and the National Guard, will discuss at least five character development topics in addition to the topics covered at every camp (Center for Disease Control Player Safety and Concussion Awareness, NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements, Time Management, Social Media and Bullying).

To register for the camp, or for more information on this program, contact Greg Schoon at 515-240-7847 or by email at . You can also find more information at .