Entrepreneur Temeko Richardson Teams Up with Fellow Temple and Penn Alumni to Turnaround Lives of 40 Underprivileged Youth in Philadelphia

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Richardson and Tennessee Titans LB Brandon Copeland will be onsite with Philadelphia Football Skills Academy Director of Operations Keita Crespina to oversee the evaluation process for an all-expense summer football camp excursion for the kids. Participants from Philadelphia, PA will be selected this Sunday, March 23, 2014, to attend the Jimmy Smith and Friends Youth Fitness Clinic in Baltimore or the Reggie Bush Football Camp in San Diego, California.

Every young child has the potential to be the executive of their own destiny even if they have to use sports as their leverage out of the circumstance.

Entrepreneur, angel investor, and author Temeko Richardson is committed to extend her sponsorship last year of 10 participants from the Philadelphia Football Skills Academy (PFSA) to the Ray Lewis Youth Fitness Clinic. Taking it a step further she has brought in celebrity trainer, Monte Sanders, to evaluate all the middle school and high school participants of PFSA on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Michael Vick field at Hunting Park for a chance to attend either Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith’s Youth Fitness Clinic in Baltimore, MD or Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush's Football Camp in San Diego, CA. Richardson will award the all-expense paid trip and camp sponsorship to 40 well-deserving youth.

Continuing the sponsorship of the Youth Fitness Clinic and providing the means for each child to participate in a well-known NFL player’s football camp is part of Richardson’s motivational movement, Run Life’s Course, a subsidiary of her company, The RLC Group. “Teaming up with a fellow University of Pennsylvania alumni, Tennessee Titans LB Brandon Copeland, to help another Temple alumni, PSFA co-founder Keita Crespina, to make a difference in the Philadelphia community is paramount to the philanthropy that was instilled in graduates of both universities,” said Richardson. “Regardless of the income, degree or title, the ability to extend yourself to impact someone in less than optimal environments holds more weight in the long term. Every young child has the potential to be the executive of their own destiny even if they have to use sports as their leverage.”

“Keita has worked hard to put together a state-of-the-art life, educational, and sports academy based on his experiences as a Temple athlete, former professional CFL/NFL playing days, and passion for his native Philadelphia. It was only right to bring in Monte because he has run Ray Lewis’ Defensive Camps for almost a decade and provides the right balance of conditioning, performance, and motivation required for these young athletes to progress to the next level. And Brandon is the exemplary role model from the academic, athletic, and character perspective who can work with the kids in all areas to help them realize dreams can come true before he heads off to the Titans OTAs,” said Temeko Richardson.

Sanders added, “Sanders Optimum Fitness is excited to partner with The RLC Group to provide fitness training to impact as many Philadelphia youth as possible. We believe in equipping students to live spiritually, mentally and physically healthy lives at an early age. Our training will take these young athletes through exercises and drills that will help them take their game to the next level. We’ll also impart life skills that will help positively influence all aspects of their lives. We’re looking forward to making a difference! “

"Getting the chance to help deserving and hard working student athletes get an opportunity to heighten and showcase their talents is one of the great things that comes with the NFL platform and I am happy to have the chance to work with Run Life's Course and the Philadelphia Football Skills Academy to make this effort a reality for the players this Sunday. It’s great to be able to give back to a city that gave me so much during my time there,” said Brandon Copeland.

Conditioning and evaluation start promptly at 10AM and lasts until 12PM at Hunting Park for middle school and high school students.

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