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Friday, December 15, 2017

Keeping the Beat

IBOAI Supports NFL Pro Jared Veldheer and Metro Health in Keeping the Beat for Kids

An annual event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Jared Veldheer Football Camp for students in grades 5 through 8 raises money for the Metro Health Foundation “Keeping the Beat” program. This summer, the camp took place at Grand Rapids Christian High School, hosting over 80 young campers. Following tradition, the IBOAI sponsors the football camp to offer kids the opportunity to get tips and advice from a real pro, to inform kids and parents on sports injuries and heart screens, and to benefit Metro Health's program that provides free heart screens for local students.

As in years past, this fun, action-packed summer evening on June 27 featured a sports clinic for kids with NFL football pro, Jared Veldheer - #68 Tackle of the Arizona Cardinals, Hillsdale Two-time All American, and Forest Hills Northern alumnus. Pro player Cam White, a Grand Rapids native and Hillsdale All American H-back and alumnus, joined Jared as a coach for the evening.

Following registration, campers played catch, stretched, and did calisthenics together. They then broke into several group stations for coaching on tackling form, blocking, running, and catching. Throughout the evening, Jared and Cam engaged with campers on and off the field.

Cam White spoke to with campers about keeping a positive attitude and setting goals in life. He shared his own story of suffering a serious knee injury and the perseverance and hard work it took him to regain his strength and agility. He did not give up and it paid off - as a result, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts, a NFL team. Cam also stressed the importance of hard work in the classroom as well as in sports.

During the breaks, the young athletes refueled with refreshing Perfect Empowered Drinking Water™ and XS™ Sports Nutrition Bars, compliments of the IBOAI®.

Dr. Edwin T. Kornoelje, a family practice and sports medicine specialist affiliated with Metro Health, spoke about concussions as well as the free student heart screening program for local students ages 12 to 18 years. Dr. Kornoelje advised the kids to let their coach or parents know if they may have suffered a concussion - it is something that should be brought to their attention and checked out by a medical professional.

The evening closed with campers participating in an invigorating game of Air Force football followed by special treats - summer-perfect ice cream and popsicles plus the opportunity for an individual photo with Jared Veldheer. The photo opp and the snacks were equally popular!

 

Keeping the Beat

IBOAI Joins NFL Pro Jared Veldheer and Metro Health in Keeping the Beat for Kids

Keeping the Beat 2016

An annual event at Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, the Jared Veldheer Football Camp for students in grades 5 through 8, raises money for the Metro Health Foundation "Keeping the Beat" program. Following tradition, the IBOAI sponsors the football camp to offer kids the opportunity to get tips and advice from a real pro, inform parents on sports injuries and heart screens, and to benefit Metro Health's program that provides free heart screens for local students. Those who registered early received a free camp T-shirt and autographed copy of Stay in the Game - Jared Veldheer's Journey to the NFL.

As in years past, this fun, action-packed summer evening on June 28 featured a sports clinic for kids with NFL football pro, Jared Veldheer - Team Captain of the Arizona Cardinals, Hillsdale Two-time All American, and Forest Hills Northern alumnus.  After campers registered, they played catch, stretched and did calisthenics together - then, they broke into four group stations: tackling, running backs, quarterbacks, and lineman.

Jared Veldheer spoke about fueling your mind and body as an athlete. The student campers were in awe of Jared Veldheer from the moment he came on the field and joined them in calisthenics. At 6'8" and 321 pounds, Jared's positive attitude and charisma are as powerful as his physical presence and athleticism. He encouraged the kids to work as hard as they can to reach their goals. He also reminded them, "Keep a positive attitude and realize you can't control everything so control what you can - don't get discouraged." Jared believes that good nutrition and hydration are key to a person's health and contribute to successful performance in sports. He advises, "Stay away from high-sugar foods and beverages. Rely on water for hydration when you're playing sports!" During the breaks, campers refueled with Perfect Empowered Drinking Water™ and XS™ Sports Protein Bars. (The kids loved the snacks!)

Dr. Brian J. Hinkley, a family practice specialist affiliated with Metro Health and "Keeping the Beat," spoke about the free student heart screening program for local students 12 to 18 years. Dr. Hinkley said, "To date, approximately 800 students have been screened for pre-existing conditions. We hold the screenings twice a year and during the screenings, we provide AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) training."

The evening closed with campers participating in an invigorating game of Air Force football followed by two special treats - summer-perfect ice cream and the opportunity for an individual photo with Jared Veldheer. Both were extremely popular with the campers!