Greg Brezina, a linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons from 1968-79, coordinates the football clinics and has been involved with the Week of champions since the beginning.
says the clinics average about 60 kids, ages 8-13, with most falling in the 10- to 12-year-old range.
"The athlete is taught one of two things," Brezina
said the goal is to teach the kids to be champions physically, psychologically and spiritually.
said they hope to teach them to take care of their bodies and learn to eat right, to stay in shape physically.
Psychologically, the kids are encouraged to do well in school and develop their minds.
And spiritually, the kids are taught to draw inner strength from their faith in God.
If a child learns those things, Brezina
said, what happens on the field will come naturally.
said, that years from now, he
hopes these kids will remember what the coaches tried to impart on them in the coming week.
"I learned how to be a champion physically, psychologically and spiritually," Brezina
"If (one of these kids) says that 20 years from now, we've been successful."
Part of what makes the clinics work is that they are taught by current and former athletes and the kids recognize that these coaches have been where they dream of being.
"This is the only clinic I know about in the country that has the caliber of coaches that we have," Brezina