MIAMI – DIBIA Athletic Development announced the first annual Desmond Howard Football Clinic designed to cultivate the next generation of athletes will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ransom Everglades School, 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove.
Howard, a Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl XXXI MVP joined forces with Brandon Okpalobi, CEO of DIBIA Athletic Development, to host the camp for South Florida youth aged 6 to 14, an announcement said.
The clinic will provide kids an opportunity to develop their football skills and agility through conditioning drills, strength training activities and scrimmage games under Howard and area coaches and professional athletes, including Sedrick Irvin, former Detroit Lions running back; Herbert Hammond, 2009 Class 6A State Champion coach of Miramar High School; Cory Johnson, coach, Miami Killian High; and Bo Smith, CEO of MILK Personal Training and NFL athletic trainer.
“Being able to connect with area youth and help them learn and improve fundamental skills that gave me so many opportunities in life is always rewarding,” Howard said in a statement.
“I’ve donated my time to various informal clinics in the past but this is my first time joining DIBIA, which has vast experience in conducting quality,
all-inclusive athletic programs for athletes.”
Okpalobi said he was inspired by an increasing number of professional women athletes competing in male dominated sports and she is also seeking to create an environment in which both male and female aspiring athletes can share a “playing field” and display their abilities.
“Sports are the great equalizer and provide a unique platform to develop essential life skills,” Okpalobi said.
“We are not only concerned with physical enhancement, but nutritional awareness and character development for kids.”
Participants will receive Nike gear and have the opportunity to work directly with Howard during the clinic.
The clinic costs $50 and registration can be completed online at dibiaathletic.com