The Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy is a Detroit-based camp that aims to develop young players on the field, in addition to laying the foundation for emotional growth and personal maturation off it.
Though it began in the Midwest, the camp has since expanded nationally to places including Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. However, because of the recent NCAA ruling on satellite camps, one of the biggest appeals of Sound Mind Sound Body is being gutted: Division 1 coaches will no longer be allowed to attend the camps.
The ruling diminishes exposure recruits will have with potential coaches, one of the most crucial aspects in securing a scholarship. The recent news has sparked outrage amongst college football, particularly within the alumni network of Sound Mind Sound Body, which feels that the exposure gained at the academy was pivotal in landing offers from schools. Many took to Twitter to voice their opinions, while Curtis Blackwell, a co-founder of the institution, stated simply, “It is in no way in the best interest of the kids…”
— Mike Weber (@mikeweberjr) April 10, 2016
I'm not worried about the SEC, what about the kids that only have the resources to go to the satellite camps. SMSB did so much for so many.
— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) April 10, 2016
Without SMSB none of us would have made it out. https://t.co/nrqoETIhyx
— Terry Richardson II (@Terry_Rich) April 10, 2016
Needless to say, with the public backlash and criticism that has come from the NCAA’s ruling don’t be shocked if the issue ends up being revisited.
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