Andrew Body, a 2021 graduate of Miller High School and a quarterback at Texas Southern University, recently took a break from his busy schedule to give back to his community by hosting his inaugural two-day youth football camp in the Coastal Bend.
The camp commenced on Friday, July 28, at St. John Paul II's football field, where aspiring young athletes gathered to learn from the talented quarterback. Throughout the camp, Body shared his college-level expertise, guiding the young participants through various drills and techniques to prepare them for the challenges they may face in the future.
"The kids brought the energy," Body expressed, emphasizing the importance of familiarizing them with college-level drills to boost their confidence when they eventually reach that stage in their football journey. Supporting Body in this initiative were some of his college teammates, including defensive end Mike Akins and safety Calvin Herson Jr., as well as fellow Miller High School graduate Lonnie Adkism, who is a receiver at Sam Houston State.
Together, they contributed their knowledge and skills to mentor the young talents and help them improve their game.
Young Athletes Inspired by Andrew Body
The camp attendees, ranging from seventh graders to high school students, expressed their admiration for Andrew Body and the knowledge they gained from him.
Young athletes like Jayden Herrera and Drae Cavaness were enthused about the experience and the opportunity to interact with a role model they had looked up to for years. As a standout quarterback for the Miller Buccaneers, Body made his mark on Texas high school football, setting records and accumulating an impressive 13,261 passing yards, ranking fourth in UIL history.
Since transitioning to the college level, he has continued to grow and evolve, inspiring other aspiring quarterbacks like Sebastian Dennis from Calallen High School, who praised Body's guidance in perfecting his throwing technique.
Beyond honing their skills on the field, Body emphasized the importance of being a positive influence off the field and serving as a role model for others. Recognizing the impact he can have on young minds, Body stressed that athletes should be aware of their actions and the impression they leave on others.
The success of the inaugural Chosen 1 Flight Academy was evident, and the second day of the camp promised more learning, growth, and inspiration for all the participants. Open to boys and girls aged 7 to 18, the camp aimed to instill the values of hard work, determination, and leadership while fostering a love for the game.
Body's dedication to nurturing young talents and his commitment to being a role model underscored his genuine passion for football and the community he represents. As he continues to excel at the college level and beyond, Andrew Body's impact on the Coastal Bend's youth is sure to leave a lasting legacy of inspiration and empowerment.