Win in the classroom! Win in the community! Win on the field! Operation Win! That is the motto for the University of Kentucky Wildcats football program.
Today was our first D1 college camp and I was very impressed with the way things were run. Coach Joker Phillips started the day by speaking to the athletes and their parents to welcome them to the UK Sunday Showcase Football Camp.
Coach Phillips expects a lot from his athletes. He expects them to excel in the classroom. This year marks the highest grades for football players ever at the university. He wants athletes to serve in their communities and the world. Coach
Phillips just returned yesterday from a trip to Ethiopia with 3 other UK football players. He said those players have been forever changed by that trip.
And of course Coach Phillips wants to win on the field. He wants athletes who have a passion and hunger in their eyes for not just playing the game but winning the game. He also wants players who are coachable and always hustling. This was clearly evident during the position drills on the field
I was really impressed with Coach Phillips and his methods of motivating players. He encourages the relationship of the team to be like that of a family. Each player is motivated by that relationship to be there for each other and not do anything that will disappoint a coach or a teammate on or off the field. He spoke very negatively about athletes who commit then de-commit to a college. He said it was a bunch of crap. He also told parents that if they allowed their sons to do that, it was a bunch of crap. He said that he wants the relationship between his coaching staff and a recruit to be so solid that no one can come between them. I want that kind of relationship for Christian when he makes his college choice.
If you have a Sophomore, Junior or Senior, I highly recommend the Sunday Showcase. The fee is only $30 and that includes combine testing, position specific drills run by UK coaching staff, a box lunch, and a t-shirt. Plus you get a tour of the indoor training facility, locker room and the stadium. I’m not sure how other colleges run their camps, but UK has set the bar of expectations extremely high for future camps. We will definitely be attending this camp again next summer.
Next up for us is the Martin Bayless Football Camp at Welcome Stadium in Dayton on June 3rd. Then we take a break from college visits and football camps to attend kid's kamp, leadership camp and serve on missons trips.
I'm excited to see the opportunities that God will open up for Christian through his football abilities. Thankful that God is not just walking this journey with us, He's leading us every step of the way.