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Mr. Jeremiah Castille


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University of Alabama&rsquo

Background Information

Employment History

Chaplain of the Football Team

University of Alabama

Track Coach and Assistant Football Coach

Briarwood Christian School


Jeremiah Castille Foundation

Team Chaplain
Former University of Alabama

Governing Board Member
First Stop-Second Chance Foundation


Brewton Parker College


broadcast journalism

undergraduate degree

Broadcast Communications

University of Alabama

Web References (199 Total References)

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/>CULLMAN – Last Saturday at Heritage Park, Jeremiah Castille led the second day of his annual Character Camp. Castille, who has been the chaplain of the University of Alabama’s football team for 14 years, infuses the football camp that he runs with an emphasis on having quality character and virtue.  However, Castille Character Camp is not Vacation Bible School with footballs. Jeremiah Castille pointed out that all the coaches for the camp played or are playing college football, except Gold Medal Olympian Willie Smith, who coached agility at the camp. On Friday, the campers had a day of conditioning, and on Saturday they focused more on football skills and techniques. “I was impressed by how hard they ran,” said Castille about the campers on Friday. “Because in the past we’ve had campers who don’t try as hard.” Great group for Castille Character Camp 2015 @ Heritage Park in Cullman, AL. #hoperevealed pic.twitter.com/9pnEtW2Mqz — Jeremiah Castille (@J_Castille) June 6, 2015 The June heat was not enough to thwart the campers’ athletic spirits. Former and current college football players, including a handful of players who were once in the NFL, efficiently guided the campers through drills and exercises. Thanks to its sponsors for the past eight years, the Castille Character Camp has been free to attend for football fans in first to twelfth grade. For a young camper named Jimmy, this was his third year at the camp, and he says he keeps coming back to the camp “because of how hard they push you to go and run.” Jimmy said that each year campers are given talks that follow a theme. According to Jimmy, this year's theme was, “You have to have partnerships to win championships.” A former player for the University of Alabama and Paul “Bear” Bryant, camp leader Jeremiah Castille is well qualified to deliver the orations to campers. Usually, Castille runs his Character Camp throughout the south, but this summer, only camps in Cullman and Decatur were scheduled. Although he said he wished there were more campers this year, Castille was proud of the effort the campers demonstrated when performing the various activities. “I think a reason for the effort is that we have repeat campers,” Castille said. “They know kind of what level we’re expecting.” Castille was also careful to emphasize the quality of the coaches that were helping with the camp. “You’re not going to find better quality anywhere,” he said. “A lot of these guys can go down and teach camps at the University of Alabama.” The camp culminated with a community event at St. John’s Church that featured music from Wings of Hope and speaker Caleb Castille. Thanks 2 all our coaches, TJ & Buddy Franny, all our great sponsors in Cullman and the kids that came to camp! pic.twitter.com/o83GU601mN — Jeremiah Castille (@J_Castille) June 7, 2015 For more information about the Castille Character Camp or the Castille Foundation, visit CastilleFoundation.org. SEE ALSO: Annual Castille Character Camp Begins Will Hogue/CullmanSense

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Founder, Jeremiah Castille

Without opportunity, Jeremiah wouldn't be the man he is today and that's why the development of the Castille Leadership Academy of Woodlawn is so essential.
Jeremiah Castille knows all about success on the football field. Having played for Coach Bryant for four years, winning a national championship, earning All American honors and a six year professional football career; including one Super Bowl appearance, he is a champion. Read More
Jeremiah Castille is a powerful motivational speaker and books about 6 months in advance. He speaks to corporate groups, businesses, school systems and fundraising events. Read More
Bags of Hope Bags of Hope, a program of Jeremiah Castille Foundation, gives book bags filled with school supplies to students. Since the inception of the program in 2008 we have reached approximately 1,800 disadvantaged students. In addition to the book bags filled with supplies, Jeremiah personally visits the school, provides a powerful message to the community and assist in the distribution of the book bags.Read More

Dream Visit: Houston Thrailkill

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Founder, Jeremiah Castille

Houston was so impressed with a speech given by Castille at First United Methodist Church in Cullman that he asked him to sign his Bible. Houston's cousin, Bethany Sawyer, was moved to write to Castille after Houston told her the thing lost to the fire he missed the most was the autographed Bible. "That Bible has meant the world to me," Houston said.
Sawyer asked Castille to send her cousin a note so his autograph would be replaced.
"We wanted to be able to do a little bit more once we found out Houston was a real leader here in the school and in the community," said Castille who completed his football career with a six-season stint in the National Football League.
Castille, who played on the last Crimson Tide team coached by Paul "Bear" Bryant and served as a pallbearer at the historic coach's funeral, was joined at WPMS Monday by his son, Simeon, another Alabama defensive end who hopes to follow the footsteps of his father, and older brother, Tim, into the NFL.
"We wanted to help in a small way to help cheer him up," Jeremiah said.

A Quiet Time with God

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Founder, Jeremiah Castille

2013 Heart of Houston Recipient

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Founder, Jeremiah Castille

Brooks High School seventh-grader, Tyler Gautney, is the kind of person Jeremiah Castille calls "a winner".
On Wednesday, May 8th, Castille presented Gautney with his organization's Heart of Houston award, an honor bestowed annually upon a middle school student in Alabama who, despite hardships in life, shows a fighting spirit and determination to succeed.
As the recipient of the Heart of Houston award, Tyler received a $1,000 scholarship to the college of his choice, a Bible signed by Castille and an Alabama football signed by Castille and his three sons, all of whom played football at Alabama including his youngest, who is on the team now.
Castille said that he was impressed by Thraikill's positive attitude and determination to overcome his family's tragedy. Castille signed a Bible for Thraikill when he spoke at Thraikill's church. Thraikill later said tat losing the Bible in the fire was his greatest regret. Castille replaced the Bible and soon thereafter the foundation created the Heart of Houston award.
Castille, a former defensive back at the University of Alabama who later went on to play six seasons in the NFL, now heads the Birmingham-based Jeremiah Castille Foundation. He became an ordained minister in 2001.
Standing before the Brooks High School student body, Castille told the assembly that Tyler, in many ways, is a reflection of himself in his youth.
"A lot of people simply can't relate to the fact that a child could be rejected by his family," Castille said. "It's hard for people to comprehend because it just shouldn't be. I look for young people with challenges because I had them and I know what it takes to overcome that kind of upbringing. But I also know that these same challenges mold character."
Castille grew up in an abusive home with alcoholic parents. The eighth of nine children, he told the students that the very people who were supposed to love and nurture him as a child, were the very ones who hurt him most. "It's tough growing up when the very people who should love you, reject you," he said, adding that the abuse at one point when he was 10 escalated to his mother cutting him with a knife when she was drunk.
Gautney's young life in many ways paralleled Castille's. The 13-year-old spent his early years with a mentally ill mother and an alcoholic and abusive father. He and his three siblings entered the foster care system.
"I knew (Castille) was coming to our school and was looking forward to hearing him speak but I didn't know about this award. It's pretty awesome."
Castille issued a challenge to the students: "Listen to and learn from your teachers."
"I was a quiet, shy guy but my background made me mature quickly," he said, adding that his maturity helped him become a leader for Paul Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide from 1979-82.

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