Game changers boot camp at YSU helps high schoolers learn leadership skills

YSU Boot camp
YSU Boot camp teaches students leadership skills.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — High school athletes from around the area made their way to Youngstown State University Saturday. But it wasn’t for any competition

From learning how to tie a tie to rubbing elbows with YSU athletes, local high schoolers gained the opportunity to learn leadership skills.

“I wanted to be able to show our young men that they’re not out here alone. There are plenty of us, whether we’re accomplished, or just on a day-to-day drive trying to make the best out of situations,” said Michael Engram, of Game Changers.

It was the first Game changers boot camp. Michael Engram started the program to teach mentoring and team-building… Specifically for young athletes.

“Because at the end of the day, no one is paying these guys to do any of the practices, the two-a-days, what have you. So what I figured is that, just like myself, they’re here, and they want to be able to make a difference,” said Engram.

The camp included panel discussion — including former NFL players and Engram’s former high school football coach.

“Since I’ve been on this earth, this is the toughest time to be growing up. There are so many things out there — temptations and variables that can impact their lives in either positive or negative ways,” said Phil Annarella, Austintown Fitch football coach.

“But they’re all special. They all deserve our attention. And they all have gifts. It’s up to us to help develop those gifts,” said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

And Engram hopes the students will learn life lessons from the speakers.

“Each man has his own story and has had a level of adversity, but has risen to the challenge and not cowered away from it,” said Engram.

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