Friday, June 15, 2007
ORANGEBURG – NFL kicker and 2000 SC State alumnus Cedric Oglesby will visit his alma mater at the end of June to teach youth the fundamental skills required for successful kicking, punting and snapping.
The annual Cedric Oglesby Kicking Academy will be held at SC State’s Oliver C. Dawson Stadium on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30. Participants can register online at www.kickdoctor.com.
Aspiring kickers from Calhoun, Charleston, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Spartanburg counties are eligible for free camp tuition. To apply, each applicant must complete an application with a coach’s recommendation and an essay (100-word minimum) stating why they deserve a camp scholarship. Applications are also available for download on the academy Web site.
The comprehensive instructional program offered by the Cedric Oglesby Kicking Academy is for beginners, as well as college kickers, punters and snappers who aspire to play professional football; participants must be at least 10 years of age. The academy conforms to all pre-high school, High School National Federation and NCAA rules.
“We’ll be teaching campers fundamentals, form and technique so their strength and power will come as they get older,” said Oglesby, one of three black starting placekickers in the history of the NFL and AFL. He is also the first NFL kicker from a Historically Black College or University.
Ultimately, Oglesby wants to instill two important attributes – discipline and routine – into the young kickers, which will serve them well both on and off the playing field.
“You can’t be a kicker if you don’t have discipline,” said Oglesby. “(Kicking) is also a good opportunity for kids to get scholarships. I received a scholarship to attend SC State, and I had an opportunity to do something that a lot of people don’t get to do.”
What Oglesby accomplished at SC State in 1998 was set the school record for longest field goal (52 yards against Delaware State) and most field goals made (11) in a single season. A four-year starter as kicker and punter, he was twice named to the All-Conference team as a punter and kicker. Oglesby received an invitation to the Pro-Football Free Agent Invitational – the largest and most creditable kicking and punting combine in the country – and was rated as the top kicker. He was also named an All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) player for three out of four seasons.
The Dallas Cowboys signed Oglesby in 2000. In 2001, he signed with the San Diego Chargers and was 3 out of 3 on field goal attempts and kicked a game winner in overtime against the Miami Dolphins. He later signed with the Arizona Cardinals and was 5 out of 6 on field goal attempts.
The Cedric Oglesby Kicking Academy is also offered in Atlanta, Ga., and Troy, Ala. The Atlanta camp – a pre-season training program – will be held July 9-13 at Woodward Academy. The pre-season training program is an all-inclusive training program comprised of kicking, punting, snapping, weight training, stretching, explosion exercises, underwater training and video analysis. The Troy camp will be held July 27-28 at Troy University.
For additional information on the Cedric Oglesby Kicking Academy (COKA) or to schedule an interview with Oglesby, call (678) 481-3316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cedric Ogelsby – the first African American soccer style kicker to score points in the NFL regular season – is the director and founder of the Cedric Oglesby Kicking Academy. Affiliated with many prestigious camps across the country, he is a certified health and physical education teacher with an in-depth knowledge of the art of kicking and punting. Oglesby has experience with the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals. Visit the Cedric Oglesby Kicking Academy online at www.kickdoctor.com.