4th & 1 is much more than just a football camp.
From the 6 AM wake-up call through the 9:30 PM mentoring sessions, a typical day for a student-athlete is packed with lectures, study sessions, workshops, and, of course, football. A lot is expected of the student athletes, and they regularly rise to the challenge.
Former star college athletes and coaches from the high school-level up to the NFL volunteer to teach the student athletes each day during practice. The student athletes learn valuable position-specific drills and techniques to improve their game before the high school football season begins. Before heading to the field, the student athletes complete a morning jog and refine their warrior and tree poses during daily yoga sessions.
The student athletes take two full college entrance exams (ACT or SAT) on the first and last days of camp. Between exams, they spend three hours each day learning useful test-taking strategies and study skills. The student athletes are split into small groups where they receive individual attention on difficult topics and practice test questions.
College: Many of the student athletes aim to be the first in their families to attend college. In pursuit of this goal, student athletes attend sessions on post-secondary school options, the college financial aid process, NCAA requirements and paths to success in college once admitted. In addition, the first day of camp features a panel geared towards parents and family members on similar topics.
Career: Through workshops and a career fair, student athletes learn how to craft a resume and nail an interview and have an opportunity to explore different career options through conversations with volunteers representing a range of industries and professions.
Life Skills: Whether it’s learning how to use a sewing machine, tie a tie, or protect their brand on social media, these workshops present student athletes with skills that they can use beyond the classroom and are often the most memorable sessions of the camp.
While informal mentoring happens throughout the camp, student athletes are also formally paired with mentors. Each morning, student athletes attend workshops where they focus on developing life and career goals, and each evening they meet with their mentors to debrief on these goals and their general experiences at camp. Mentoring often continues after camp, as student athletes and mentors connect throughout the school year on academic and professional goals.