New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, along with several other NFL professionals, have gathered at the Walt Disney World Resort to work with hundreds of high school football players. The youth athletes are attending The Drew Brees Passing Academy currently underway at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, according to a June 26 release from Disney Sports.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, Eagles RB Darren Sproles and Patriots CB Darrelle Revis have joined Brees for the event. About 300 players, mostly from the southeast, are attending this year’s football camp, which runs at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex through Saturday.
The Drew Brees Passing Academy offers high school football players around the country the opportunity receive small group instruction from NFL pros and to compete against other high school teams. The first day of the academy focused on position training and individual team instruction with input from the pros. Two days of competitive 7-on-7 tournament play follow. The event also offers a position-by-position skills competition, 1-on-1 passing competitions, panel discussions and a Q&A with Brees and the pro hosts, and an awards ceremony.
After the first day Brees talked about his goals for the academy. In addition to developing football skills, he says, “We want each kid to walk away from this experience saying, ‘That was one of the most fun things I’ve ever had a chance to do.'" Brees added he values “being hands-on and trying to touch as many lives as I can while I’m out here with these kids and give them a memorable experience,” whether that means receiving instruction from NFL pros, playing quarterback, learning leadership skills, or simply being part of the experience as a whole.
The Drew Brees Passing Academy is open to 24 high-school football teams total that consist of 15-20 players each. The football camp’s entry fee was $1,500 per team for 2014, with the winning team from the 7-on-7 tournaments receiving a donation to its high school and having its 2015 entry fee to the academy waived.
This is the second annual Drew Brees Passing Academy and second time the event has been held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Proceeds from the event benefit the Brees Dream Foundation, established by Brittany and Drew Brees in 2003. The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.