Chicago Bears’ All Pro Running Back Matt Forte Provides Hometown Youth With a Blueprint for Success at Football Camps in New Orleans

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Pro Bowler Matt Forte will host an elite camp for high school athletes at his alma mater, Tulane University and a youth football camp in his hometown of Slidell, LA.

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I really wanted to host these camps to share what I’ve learned, encourage these aspiring athletes and give them the opportunity to hear directly from guys like me, who they may see as role models.

Slidell native and famed Chicago Bears’ Running Back, Matt Forte announced two upcoming football camps in the New Orleans area. The Tulane alum will host an elite training camp for top high school players at Tulane University on Friday, June 8th. He will also lead a free camp in his hometown of Slidell, a suburb of New Orleans, on June 9th for 300 student athletes, ages 7-13.

While the methods at each camp may differ, Matt’s goal is to provide attendees with the tools to achieve success in all facets of their lives. At the elite high school training camp, Matt along with highly qualified coaches and experienced athletes, will help players prepare to compete at the next level of the game. High school players will have the opportunity to improve their game and perform in front of top college coaches. They will run agility drills and focus on specialized position specific instruction, on both offense and defense.

Matt has partnered with the City of Slidell and the Slidell Youth Football Association to give young athletes a solid foundation of the game and maximize each player’s natural ability. Matt will lead the campers through conditioning training, route techniques and coverage concepts, with a focus on proper form.

The mutual link between both camps is the mentoring sessions, entitled “Chalk Talks”. Matt will use this time to stress the importance of getting an education, rejecting negative influences and working hard to achieve success in life. During the high school session, Matt and other speakers will talk about successfully navigating college life as a student athlete.

“I’ve been fortunate to have reached several of the goals I’ve set for myself but it hasn’t been easy. My consistent hard work and dedication will remain key components in my successes on and off the field.” says Forte “I have had a lot of support along the way, but there were some things that I had to learn through trial and error. So I really wanted to host these camps to share what I’ve learned, encourage these aspiring athletes and give them the opportunity to hear directly from guys like me, who they may see as role models.”

Matt Forte’s Elite High School Training Camp will take place at Tulane University on June 8th, from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM and campers can register online at Advance registration is $50 and includes instruction, drill testing, meals, beverages, camp T-shirt and awards.

Matt Forte’s 1st Annual Free Slidell Youth Camp at the SYFA Field is open to the first 300 registrants via the online site at The camp is free and campers will receive football instruction, camp T-shirt, lunch, beverages and awards.

While Matt is busy training for the upcoming season, he is also using the off season to give back to the communities that are near to his heart. In addition to the football camps, Matt will treat a group of deserving students from the Chicago area to a fine dining and mentoring experience at one of the City’s top restaurants on May 15th. Matt aims to use the dinner to reward the students for their academic achievements and as an enrichment experience to motivate them to continue to work hard.

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