Paterson and Wayne, NJ were the places to be over the weekend as Carolina Panthers safety Mike Adams hosted a weekend of community events.
The festivities began on Friday, June 9th, at Paterson, NJ’s Passaic County Community College. Knowledge is Power, a signature “parent-invite-only” panel moderated by former Super Bowl champion and current SNY and ESPN analyst Willie Colon. The panel featured Adams along with Tim Lewis, the NCAA’s Associate Director of Development, local coaches and former Paterson, NJ success stories.
The discussion educated parents of student athletes on the academic requirements for high school graduation, college admission and athletic participation. It also highlighted useful tools to ensure a successful transition from high school to college.
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“I think it was very important because we have to make sure that we give back to the community,” said Tim Lewis. Lewis, an Associate Director of the NCAA’s Development and Eligibility Center took pride in knowing that folks in the community grasped what SAT, ACT and GPA scores were needed in order to be an eligible student athlete on the collegiate level.
“We have to make sure to give the knowledge that we know. We have a lot of stories and a lot of experiences that can be very helpful. Sometimes what we see in certain areas is that we don’t always have the knowledge and we want to make sure that we pass that along.”
On Saturday, June 10th, Adams, along with a host of NFL friends, ran a Team Adams Foundation Youth football camp at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne NJ. The camp promoted morning fun, exercise and friendly competition with a mission to develop positive well-rounded young athletes by providing an exciting and safe environment that encourages teamwork, gamesmanship, self- confidence, respect and dedication to the game.
Current New York Giants cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was one of the notables in attendance. The camp focused on basic football drills and focused on advanced techniques used in the offense, defense and passing phases of the game.“It was great,” Mike Adams told me afterward.
“We have to do it again. It was a great turnout. We want more people to come next year. It’s great if you have a kid that’s trying to go to college. This is the place to be!”
For more information on everything Mike Adams philanthropic, visit: www.mikeadams29.com.
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