The Muscogee Creek Nation is sponsoring its ninth annual Spirit of Oklahoma Football Camp and has planned five one-day camps at five different locations, including two in the Phoenix coverage area.
Each camp will be held at a different high school, beginning at Coweta Tiger Stadium on Friday, the Indian Bowl in Muskogee on Saturday, Paul Bell Stadium in Eufaula June 13, at the Pecan Bowl in Okemah June 14 and at Hafer Field in Bristow June 15.
Registration forms are available on the website for the Muscogee Creek Nation at mcn-nsn.gov. Kids can pre-register anytime before Friday and on-site registration will be available, each camp day, beginning at 8 a.m.
A fee of $5 will be requested for non-Indian participants. Age groups will be separated into grades 1-6 and 7-12 each day.
Each participant will receive a camp shirt, lunch and a camp certificate. During breaks, they will receive water and Gatorade to keep them hydrated and are advised to hydrate during the week going into the camp to combat heat.
Depending on the heat, camps usually wind down about 3:30-4:30 pm.
Camp participants will receive individual instruction in football fundamentals to improve and develop physical skills for the game. The camp also focuses on four principles of leadership: discipline, respect, trust and hard work.
The camps are led by Thomas Lott, a quarterback who played at OU. Other notable coaches are men who have played at major universities and most went on to play NFL.
The camp began with several veteran OU and OSU players coming together to give back to rural communities.
Notables like Alvin Bailey, Jamelle Holieway, Uwe Von Schamann, and LeShon Johnson have been a part of the camp since the beginning. Former OU coach Barry Switzer attended the camp in 2013.
This year, Lott has assembled many of the same coaches who have coaching experience with these camps. In addition to the school administration and their coaches supporting the effort, the surrounding Indian communities have also been an integral part of supporting the students. Last year, they conducted three camps, growing to five this year.
“We start out working on speed and agility, which is not only important for football, but other sports as well. And girls can benefit from it also,” Lott said.
For questions or more information, call Sandi Golden at (918) 623-6437.