Camp Exposure, a free three-day football training intensive for under-represented high school athletes returns for its fourth year July 16 – 18th at Highland Park High School. Powered by Vista Bank, the multi-day experience will invite elite players from Oak Cliff and South Dallas area schools, to a day of “exposure” for athletic skills training (similar to the NFL Regional Combine drills). In addition to personal and professional instruction by collegiate and NFL coaches such as Josh Hicks (Ezekiel Elliot and Melvin Gordon’s trainer), David Robinson (NFL Wide Receiver Trainer), Chris Harris, DeVante Kincade and others, players and their families will hear from area executives to help them elevate both on and off the field.
“Camp Exposure is specifically an opportunity for high school football players with next-level (Division One / NFL) talent who reside in the Oak Cliff/South Dallas region, as well as the DFW metroplex at-large,” said Camp Exposure Co-Founders, Lubbock Smith III, Jeremiah Hatch and Tyler Patmon. “The experience gives them a platform to enhance their football talents, get recognition from scouts, cultivate their life skills, and develop their character as young men.”
Camp Exposure has strategically partnered with title sponsor Vista Bank and host Highland Park High School, in order to further initiatives and opportunities for the athletes and both communities.
“It was essential for us to partner with Vista Bank and Highland Park High School because we share a similar dream to love our neighbors and serve our communities,” Smith said. “However, I also believe that there is something greater — albeit deeper — that has connected us to a dream bigger than our own: a vision of restoring and healing Dallas altogether, so that all communities can thrive. That starts here with these 150 young men and their families.”
“I truly respect the three young men leading this effort, and with Vista’s focus on financial literacy in South Dallas, it was a natural fit to support Camp Exposure,” noted Vista Bank President & CEO John D. Steinmetz. “That said, when Highland Park Athletic Director Johnny Ringo and Coach Randy Allen, along with Oak Cliff’s Carter High School Head Coach Spencer Gilbert joined in, I knew we had something special. South Dallas and Highland Park coming together to elevate these talented young men over more than just football, teaching them ‘how to fish’ through financial literacy, character, leadership, and community service will actually change lives.”
“When Coach Allen and I heard about the amazing work that Camp Exposure is doing, to not just elevate elite athletes, but strengthen these young men holistically, we were all in,” added Highland Park Athletic Director Johnny Ringo. “The opportunity to unite the South Dallas and Highland Park communities around our common love for the sport is something truly special.”
Camp Exposure athletes will kick up the intensity for three days of sessions featuring skills training by DeVante Harris, Steven Terrell, Aca’Cedric Ware, Cyrus Gray, and Bradley McDougald, intimate discussions on the business of football, mental health protection, financial literacy training by the experts at Vista Bank, and personal and spiritual inspiration from Camp Exposure leaders. While Friday and Saturday are by invitation only, Sunday is open to the public free of charge with festivities and fun provided for families who register in advance on Eventbrite, while space is available. The camp will conclude Sunday afternoon with a much anticipated, highly energetic, 7-on-7 Football Tournament at Highlander Stadium.