May 29, 2012

Mike Shanahan Brings His Expertise to DARE to PLAY Football Camp, June 1 – 2

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We are thrilled to welcome Mike Shanahan, head coach of the Washington Redskins and of course, former coach of the Denver Broncos, to the world of DARE to PLAY Football.  His first outing as a DARE to PLAY football camp head coach will be this upcoming weekend, June 1-2 in Annapolis, Maryland at the Navy/Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401.

DARE to PLAY is presented by Global Down Syndrome through Sports Eddy youth sports camps. Also on hand as coach will be our own Ed McCaffrey, Sports Eddy founder, All Pro Wide Receiver and of course, three time Superbowl Winner – working again with the coach who led him and the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories in '97 and '98! This will be Ed’s third year with DARE to PLAY, which has become an annual labor of love for him. Wonder what it will be like working again with Mike Shanahan!

Mike has a pretty illustrious career as a coach and even some years as a player before a disastrous injury took him out of the game. In his years with the NFL, Shanahan has helped various football teams wind up at 10 Conference Championship Games. He’s also made three Super Bowl outings, including the two aforementioned victories with the Broncos.

However, even with all that experience we expect this will be a very different experience for him. For starters, all the players are Down Syndrome individuals, and their ages vary dramatically. It’s likely that many of the football camp attendees have never had the opportunity to play an organized game before, unlike the guys Mike’s used to. Also, the two day football camp is open to players 10 – 35, quite a wide variation for players in one game.

Mike, give us a shout after your DARE to PLAY weekend is finished! We’d love to hear all about your experience of working with Down syndrome players.

By the way, for all our readers in the Annapolis area, the football camp culminates on June 2 with a game that’s open to the public. We encourage you to come on out and cheer for these dedicated amateur athletes and join us for the celebration party afterwards with food and drinks ( of course) as well as music and even some games. Just because they were born with an extra chromosome doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t have a chance at living their football dreams, like anyone else. DARE to PLAY is all about giving them that opportunity.

The game will be from 8:30 to 2:30, come for the whole time or just part. Both the game and the after party are free to the community. Can’t promise there will be any opportunity for autographs or photos though – our celebrity coaches are working!

Click here to see the flyer for this event.

If you would like more information about this particular event or the work of Global Down Syndrome in general, the person to contact is Trish Morris at 303-807-7898.



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