San Marcos Academy All Pro Football Camp

           The Central Texas heat did not stop the San Marcos Academy from hosting their Second Annual Bear Club All Pro Football camp this past weekend at A+ FCU Stadium, located on the SMA campus.

           CoCard Merchant Solutions sponsored the camp, which featured talent from all over Central Texas. The camp was different from the previous year, as the age groups were opened up, as well as girls were allowed to participate. The camp tripled in size from the previous year, and featured over 100 student-athletes from around Central Texas including multiple girls who were playing football for the very first time. 

Former Texas State QB, Barrick Nealy gives instructions at the SMA All Pro Football Camp.

There were many familiar faces that San Marcos residents noticed such as Former Texas State University standout Barrick Nealy, who is currently the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at San Marcos Academy. SMA Head Football Coach Les Davis, also a former Bobcat football player, worked together with an assortment of coaches around Central Texas to be able to assist the students during the one day camp. Adrian Thomas, former Texas State University Wide Receiver, and current Fellowship of Christian Athletes Representative also helped the students. Nealy was excited to be able to participate in a camp that gave back to the Community he has been a part since his time at Texas State.

            ““I think it is important that the community takes advantage of free opportunities such as this,” said Nealy. “This is the first camp I have been able to take part in at San Marcos Academy, and it was great to see the community come together, through people donating their time and teaching the kids valuable lessons on and off the field. The students got better today, and hopefully they were able to take away a few things from the camp.

            SMA Head Coach Les Davis was participating in the camp for the second straight year and was pleased with the turnout.

            “We had a great turnout at camp. We are excited to have an opportunity to give back to the community,” said SMA Head Coach Les Davis. “The kids had fun and learned a little about football. We know that this will continue to be a staple on the San Marcos Academy campus and that it will grow yearly.”

            Many of the San Marcos Academy Bear Club members, including families and corporate sponsors set up booths at the camp including Advocare. A+ Federal Credit Union, Sports Marketing Experts, SportsClips, TekRescue, and HH Fitness-Athletic Revolution. Many of the Bear Club members and families also donated items to the students that they were able to take away from the camp such as free coupons from Chick-Fil A, and many other local San Marcos and Kyle establishments.

            “CoCard Merchant Solutions was very honored to be a part of the SMA Bear Club All Pro Football Camp,” Said Chuck Moerbe, owner of CoCard Merchant Solutions. “We are always looking for ways to reach out to the community, and this was truly a great event. The students not only walked away learning from coaches around the area from many different backgrounds, but walked away with hundreds of dollars of coupons and free items.

            The camp, which was free of charge, will be an annual event on the San Marcos Academy campus, as Director for Athletic Development Ronald Oswalt believes that every athlete around Central Texas deserves to attend a camp free of charge.

            “This was an amazing event for the students that we are able to do thanks to the support of our family and corporate partners,” said Oswalt. “We are very blessed that our partners help us reach out the community during events such as this. Anytime you are able to offer a camp to over 100 students free of charge, that is something special and we are very happy to continue to do this every single year.

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