The NFL athletes at Pro Football Camp every year are used to the spotlight. Their abilities and exploits on the football field have taken them to amazing places in their careers. However, there is a lot more to these men than just football. The current and former NFL athletes who volunteer their time to coach at the Pro Football Camp have used the opportunities that the NFL gave them to pursue their dreams and make an impact on the lives of others.
Greg Scruggs is a great example, making a name for himself on the football field as a defensive end and tight end for the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, and Chicago Bears. Scruggs is also defining himself off-the-field as a man who is involved in community activities in Seattle as well as in his hometown of Cincinnati. An organization particularly close to Greg’s heart is Boys Hope Girls Hope, a program helping underprivileged children meet their full potential by providing value-centered, family-style homes and educational opportunities. Greg is a Boys Hope Girls Hope alum who came to BHGH as a 13-year-old. The program helped Greg become who he is today. Greg has remained close to Boys Hope Girls Hope and returns to Cincinnati frequently to mentor the children.
Another inspiring story is Michael Lehan’s, a former cornerback for the Miami Dolphins. Lehan grew up a foster child and always knew that he wanted to be able to do something to give back to those kids growing up in foster care today. For the past decade, Michael has worked with the kids of Hope and Home, a foster care and adoption agency, as a role model and mentor to the youth. Lehan did not stop there either. He knew he had a passion for working with young people and wanted to pursue a second career in education. Applying the same perseverance and dedication that made him successful on the field, on July 1, 2015, Michael Lehan was named principal of Osseo High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lehan uses his own personal experiences to relate to the kids in the classrooms and hallways of his school, and he is truly invested in his students. Pro Football Camp aims to teach campers valuable skills and lessons that can guide them to success not only on the football field but also in the other aspects of life.The goal is to inspire and motivate the camp participants to be great athletes and better citizens. It is only fitting that the NFL athletes who come in as coaches are equally committed to this goal, embodying it in their personal lives as well. Lehan and Scruggs are just a few examples of how Pro Football Camp pros are using their talents and good fortune to pay it forward to the next generation of potential pros.
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