The last week of July, into the first week of August, will be jam-packed with rodeo and sports clinics for children grades 9-12, coaches, family, and fans.
EPIC Performance Athletes was created to allow children the opportunity to grow their passion for sports with the help of professional athletes and coaches. Focus is placed on individual’s athletic talents including mental stamina, physical endurance, and personal growth. EPIC has partnered with Oklahoma State University, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Visit Stillwater to advance the overall focus of the organization.
EPIC Performance Athletes is expanding from hosting the largest rodeo clinic in the world, with over 5,000 participants, to incorporate mainstream sport clinics including Football, Girls and Boys Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Girls and Boys Soccer, and Wrestling. Clinics will be taught by licensed counselors, fitness experts, nutritionists, and life coaches.
Participants get to experience an entire week of EPIC clinics for free after a $36 registration fee, with fee waiver sponsorships available. In addition, at each main and mini clinic there will be a canned food drive for local foodbanks and homeless shelters that will provide the opportunity to give back to the community in an even broader way.
Former Oklahoma State University athletes, such as Corey Hilliard and Matt Oakes, will coach various sports. Corey Hilliard is a former American football superstar offensive tackle who played seven years in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma State University, before being drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Hilliard has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, and New York Jets.
Matt Oakes completed his collegiate career at Oklahoma State University in 2002. He went undrafted in the 2002 MLB draft and was signed by the Winnipeg Goldeyes, an affiliate of the Northern Independent Baseball League. Two weeks into being a part of the Goldeyes, he learned the Detroit Tigers had picked him up and he was going to Florida to join the Rookie Club. Matt played in (AA) Erie, (A) Grand Rapids, two seasons with the Mid-Missouri Maverick Independent Team, and rounded out his career with an invite to spring training with the New York Yankees.
If you are interested in volunteering or providing resources to make these dreams realities, EPIC representatives would love to work with you. For more information, go to www.epicathletes.org.