By Cristy Morrison
Multiple sports camps for grades 7-12 will converge on the OSU campus for the week of June 14-16, 2021. All of the camps – including football, baseball, softball, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys golf, girls and boys soccer, and girls and boys wrestling – will be taught by pro-athletes and professional coaches.
Epos Sports Experience 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 an individual’s athletic talents including mental stamina, physical endurance, and personal growth.
Epos has partnered with Oklahoma State University, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Visit Stillwater to advance the overall focus of the organization and provide opportunities for Oklahoma youth.
The sports program provides training programs utilized by pro athletes and applies them to the athletes participating in the camps. A primary goal is to train the participants in a manner that prepares them for high school, collegiate, and professional sports. While on the fields or gyms, athletes will be taught techniques, skill sets, drills, and enhanced sports agility to increase their abilities and enhance the areas in which they could improve.
Epos Sports Experience also concentrates efforts on enhancing an athlete's mental toughness. The professional mental toughness coaches will provide athletes the core components necessary to instill a raw competitive mindset, while also overcoming fears and doubts each athlete faces.
This week-long program takes into account every aspect of an athlete’s life, covers multiple disciplines, and provides the techniques for areas such as competition, mental toughness, health and nutrition, self-esteem, confidence, spiritual growth, and a renewed love for the sport.
Ultimately, if an athlete does not enjoy a sport then he or she will not have the drive and determination to be successful. Therefore, it is a priority for Epos coaches to ensure each athlete has fun while training at a higher level to ultimately steer them towards greatness.
Among the coaches are former Oklahoma State University athletes, such as Corey Hilliard and Matt Oakes. Hilliard is a former 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.
Oakes completed his collegiate career at Oklahoma State University in 2002. He was 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.
The Epos clinics are filling quickly, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register today to get their first choice of sports. Each athlete may choose one sport offered during each session, which allows for attendance at two different sports camps during the week.
For more information about the camps, housing, volunteering, or providing resources to make these dreams realities, contact Epos representatives by calling 918-671-2835 or go to www.eposathletes.org.