It's couldn't be more fitting that a player who has worked hard and overcome
adversity throughout his life would return to his hometown -- that is still
struggling to get back on it's feet -- to work with youngsters and deliver a
special message about dealing with adversity with optimism and confidence.
Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor will be hosting the third annual FaceMeIke
Football Camp presented by Cotto & Padovani Financial Strategies Group this
Friday, June 29th in the New Orleans area. The event is being held at Camp
Corral, the summer camp of Arden Cahill Academy.
Along with some of his
teammates from the Steelers, Taylor will be joined by Coach Tom Shaw, the elite
NFL trainer who has trained Taylor, 85 NFL first-round draft picks and the last
five Super Bowl MVPs.
The 4th- to 8th-grade campers will get the opportunity to learn football
skills and while interacting with the players.
“When Ike and his NFL teammates show up to our school it means more to our
kids than they will ever know. When someone of that stature takes time to come
home it really touches our hearts,” said Mrs. Arden Cahill, Director of Cahill
Taylor makes sure the event not only teaches the participants about football,
but also about an important life lesson that will serve them well as they grow
"It's cool when everything goes your way, but some things don't go your
way," Taylor said. "It's about facing adversity and things in
life that don't always go your way -- how you're going to react, how you're
going to respond."
|Ike Taylor intercepts a pass during Super Bowl XL|
(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Sharing his outlook on life is a personal mission for Taylor; one that is
integrated into his soul based on his own life experiences.
"My life was never easy. I wasn't spoon fed, I had to work hard for what I
got," he said. "I come from a strong background with a
hard-working family. My mother works hard, my uncle works hard, so nothing was
really given to me. That's why I appreciate what I have now even more."
At his website, www.facemeike.com, the
message is clear. "Stand up to the pressure. Knock it down. Don't believe
the hype. Create your own." He wants the youngsters he shares his time with
to walk away from their experience with him knowing that they have the ability
to take on any adversity and emerge as a winner in everything that they do, no
matter what bumps in the road they may encounter.
When asked what he gets out of the experience, Taylor was quick to put the
focus squarely where it belongs.
"This is not for me. This is for the
kids," he said. "I like to see the kids' reaction, see their
faces. Just trying to bring a smile to these kids, even if it's just for a
couple of hours, and helping them build some memories they can draw from later
on down the line."
Check back on Friday for a Scout Radio feature with cornerback Ike Taylor
where he talks about his past and his future with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's
a Scout.com subscribers exclusive!
|A member of the Professional Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's NFL and college football player interviews and features have been published across the Scout.com network and syndicated through FoxSports.com's NFL team pages.