For the second year in a row, the Cowboys are closing OTAs with “Dallas Cowboys U,” a football camp for 160 under-served high school athletes from North Texas.
After they finish their last practice on Thursday morning, the Cowboys players and coaches will provide instruction and coaching to the campers, then break them up into teams captained by eight players – Tony Romo, Brandon Carr, Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Sean Lee, Miles Austin and Doug Free – for a 7-on-7 tournament.
The remaining Cowboys players will be divvied up among the teams as assistant coaches. Last year, Witten’s team beat Free’s team for the camp championship.
“We hope that the camp will provide an impactful experience for deserving student-athletes who will remember the event for years to come,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said in a statement provided by the Cowboys. “This camp offers a unique opportunity for our players and coaches to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these young men.”
After the 7-on-7 action, Garrett, the players and owner Jerry Jones are scheduled to talk to the young athletes about life skills and also provide a presentation from the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which raises awareness about the dangers of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.
The campers were selected with help from the National Football Foundation. Garrett partners with the NFF to select participants for a similar camp he hosts each year at Princeton.
-- Carlos Mendez