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The Y.R.D. (Young, Recivers & DBs) is a 1v1 showcase tournament style event that puts the best vs the best to earn the Crown of "King of the Y.R.D."
Our first Winner Devin Tellez- Senior from Patrick Henry High
Our 3 day Holiday Camp combined social and emotional learning with football skills and drills. Each player engaged in motivation workshops daily that helped them to learn the importance their of mental health
Day 1: Dare to Lead- Each player learned the importance of not only leading others but learning to lead themselves
Day 2: Dare to Love - Each player learned to love themselves and how to be a great teammate. 
Day 3: Dare to Believe - Each player was challenged to believe in themselves and their goals for the future

Motivation combine 2020

MORE INFO: Good Counsel, LLC is a local agency that focuses on “Making Healing Possible” through mental health connection, education, and innovation. In our strive to be innovative we have created our extension company called “Motivate the Game” where we engage 13 and up aged youth in individual/group football training sessions that focuses on improving leadership, character development, communication skills, emotional regulation, and coping skills by using therapeutic interventions and creating their unique motivation profile. Each athlete is connected with a Mental Health Coach that has been trained in various mental health and training techniques that helps to improve athletes' game on and off the field. 

With Covid shutting down sports for the fall we saw the increase in mental health needs amongst athletes as it was many of our athletes primary outlet. so we are putting together a Motivation Football Combine for 20 local athletes. This event will include all safety precautions, ex-NFL speakers, access to sports psychologist, motivation profile for each athlete as well as recorded 40 yard dash times, shuttle drills, one on one skills competition and a 7 on 7 final

Celebertiy Coaches 


Xavier Duckett

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Creator of Imagine Me Mentoring & Humble Hustle Co. Inc.

Linebacker, Full Back/TE 4 year varsity high school, and ODU| CAA Conference Champion

Jacob Crane

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Creator of SFP Athletics and Dream Chaser Academy out of Richmond VA. Certified DISC Coach. Coached football at the middle and high school level.

"Mental health is very important in sports because you have to be in control of your emotions and understand how to respond to people and situations that may make you uncomfortable".

Torio Jones

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Army warrant officer. Active Army 15 years Played football as safety throughout high school, the only military football team (doughboys), and arena football team (linebacker) Cap city reapers two seasons.

"Mental health is essential to have a prospering life. A quote I like to say about mental health is, " Just because you are mentally tough, don't mean you are always mentally fit"

Gerard Payne

Former High School standout at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, Va multi sport athlete. D2 WVIAC champion at Glenville State College in West Virginia played outside linebacker and strong safety. Career ending early from multiple ankle injuries.

"Mental health is extremely important it unlocks so any different aspects in life once one takes the necessary steps to Channel and tap into such for the better".

Xavier Drakeford

University of Charleston, WV where he played Defensive Back. Went on to have a 3 year Arena football career in the AFL before career ending Achilles rupture. I am now a Personal Trainer and Coach at Patrick Henry High School

"I feel a persons mental health is as important to them for a sport as their actual physical ability".



Phone: 540-238-0121

Email: motivatethegame@gmail.com

Website: motivatethegame.com

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