Eagles inspire next generation of football players to live out their dreams

The Birds hosted a tournament Saturday with players from twelve Delaware Valley high schools taking part.

Andrew Kramer
July 21, 2018 - 3:29 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The NFL "Play Football" initiative is encouraging young players throughout the contry to get on the field this summer and work on their skills. That includes in South Philadelphia, where the Super Bowl Champion Eagles got involved on Saturday.

The Birds hosted this seven versus seven tournament with players from twelve high schools throughout the Delaware Valley taking part.

Former Eagles safety Quintin Mikell stopped by and was impressed by what he saw.

"It's cool to be out here to see the Eagles put this on for the teams in the area," Mikell said. "A lot of these kids, they'll be doing this on their own anyway, so to have everyone out here ciompeting and working hard, that's what it's all about and it doesn't get any better than that."

Omar Ba, a wide receiver and free safety at John Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia, was happy to be a particpant in this tournement.

"My experience was great," Ba said. "It motivates me to play even harder, so when I get older, hopefully I can be in the same position the Eagles are in and I can give back to the community too."

Chichester High School wideout Damian Thompson also was inspired.

"It just makes me want to improve, Thompson said, "and get to the next level."

And he picked up some new knoweldge along the way.

"I learned to keep my composure," he said, "just make plays when I need to."

Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld also made an appearence.