Youth Enjoy Life Skills Athletic Camp

MAYETTA:  A three-day life skills athletic performance camp was held July 10-12 for young people on the common land.  Athletes from Hi-Intensity Sports Concepts taught the camp that included strength and conditioning exercises and listening to motivational sessions.

Approximately 70 youth a day participated in the camp that was sponsored by a grant from the Prairie Band Healing to Wellness Court (Judicial Center) and the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).  Healing to Wellness Coordinator Raphael Wahwassuck, Cody Wilson, Life Skills Fitness Coach for the DPP, and Chago Hale, PBPN member, were additional coaches for the camp along with other PBPN men and women who assisted with the camp.

Hi-Intensity Sports Concepts was founded by J.D. Harris eight years ago who uses former NFL players and other athletes to teach the camp.  Harris worked in the front office for the Chicago Bears for four years and has a long coaching career in training athletes from all over the world.  For more information visit

Below are some photos that were taken of the camp today taken by the News.

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The Hi-Intensity coaching staff with Cody Wilson (third from left).  (Left to right) Al Ledet, Mark Roozen, Will McAdams, J.D. Harris, and Ray Austin.

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Harris teaching the youth at the camp which was held at the ball field near housing development  #3.

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Ray Austin having fun with one of the campers.  Austin played football for the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Bears during his five year NFL career.

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Mark Roozen (in black) owns Roozen’s Performance Edge Training Systems that offers training and education programs to youth, geriatric, rehabilitation, and elite athletes.

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On the far left J.D. Harris is seen coaching one of the participants in an exercise drill.

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These campers were doing an exercise called the “popcorn” that was being coached by Al Ledet (not in photograph).  Ledet is an expert in sports psychology and played basketball for St. Xavier University in Chicago.  He is presently working on his doctorate in psychology.

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Family members of campers were also invited to participate in the camp today.  The coach on the far left in this exercise is Cody Wilson. 

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Will McAdams has worked with youth for several years as a sports trainer and also attended Luther College.