Please plan to attend a fun family event at 5:00 this Sunday, September 8that Blackwell Field for an Opening Night Event which will include a short exhibition by the NYO cheer leaders, a talk about character lessons learned through football followed by a Bigs game involving 6thand 7thgrade players. The focus of the evening will be a short talk, which in past seasons has been given by Vince Dooley, Bill Curry, Dan Reaves and several former NFL players. This year twin brothers, Daron and Zack Blaylock, who grew up at NYO will discuss why playing football was important to them and share a few life lessons they learned from the sport. Their talk with include questions from current NYO players and cheerleaders.
Daron and Zack began their athletic careers at NYO and later went on to play at Walton High School in Marietta, Ga. Both were all-state performers, Daron at linebacker and Zack at safety. Nationally, Daron was rated the 31stbest inside linebacker and Zack was rated the 5thbest safety. Each had over 20 Division 1 scholarship offers and decided to play together at the University of Kentucky. After stellar college careers, where each recorded over 100 tackles, Daron and Zack moved back to Atlanta where Daron works in IT Placement and Zack works as a programmer at Delta Airlines.
A goal of NYO Football is to help our players learn character lessons from the great game of football that can be of value to them throughout their lives. Examples of these lessons would be the rewards of learning how to give maximum effort, how to be a good teammate, how to address adversity, and how to play with sportsmanship. While most of this instruction is provided by coaches at the team level, NYO supplements this communication with outside speakers such as Daron and Zack.
We encourage you and your family to join us to hear Daron and Zack on Sunday, Sept. 8that 5:00 for our Character Development Event.