For Immediate Press Release
Contact: JLA, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org. Post, 7/23/2015
Washington, DC — Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Honorable Mayor of the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia State Athletic Association (DCSAA); the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE), D.C. Parks & Recreation (DPR); and, Ward 4 Education Council partnered with the DeSean Jackson Foundation for the inaugural DeSean Jackson F.A.S.T Elite Skills Football Camp, on Friday, June 5, at Riggs-La Salle Recreation Center, 501 Riggs Road, NE, Washington, DC 20011.
The F.A.S.T. Camp was free for 250 youth, ages 5-18, who were pre-registered on a first-come basis. Twenty (25) slots were reserved for youth in the local neighborhood; and, (15) slots were reserved for youth with special needs who were referred by a local organization that serves youth with hearing impairments. DeSean Jackson aligns his anti-bullying message with a policy of inclusion, sensitivity and tolerance in all foundation activities. Cherita “Cookie” Whiting, a prominent DC community activist and advocate, performed as a liaison between the DeSean Jackson Foundation and the community partners; and, was instrumental in maintaining the foundation diversity and inclusion policy.
The DeSean Jackson F.A.S.T. Camp model was developed by a core team of professionals (Team Jackson) who were instrumental in developing, training and shaping the professional athletic career of NFL, All Pro , wide receiver, DeSean Jackson from age of 5 to achieving his dream to play in the NFL. DeSean Jackson brought several members of Team Jackson from LA to DCfor this inaugural F.A.S.T. Camp in the Washington Redskins’ market niche. “I believe in doing it 100/100”, states Jackson, “nothing but the best for the kids in DC”.
Photos by: Daniel Watson-Bey, easthillmedia.com
About the District of Columbia State Athletic Association
In 2012, the Executive Office of the Mayor and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) established the DC State Athletic Association (DCSAA), an association of District of Columbia public schools, public charter schools, and independent schools (private and parochial schools). DCSAA participants share knowledge and best practices to enhance student-athlete achievement through athletic programming and to provide life quality learning experiences. DCSAA participants also adhere to a set of uniform standards and rules to ensure student-athletes have opportunities for state-level competition. The Statewide Athletic Director oversees the affairs of the DCSAA as its Executive Director.
DCSAA awards DC State Championship titles in boys’ and girls’ cross-country, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and boys’ football in Division I and II, beginning in fall 2012. Commissioned by Mayor Gray and operated under the OSSE Statewide Athletics Office, DCSAA regulations provide unified rules and oversight to member schools regarding student-athlete eligibility. DCSAA governance is provided by an appointed Advisory Board of Interscholastic Athletics as well as a separate, independent DCSAA Appeals Board.