About // Akeem Davis
Akeem Davis is a Defensive Back, in the National Football League (NFL). Akeem was born and raised in Laurel, MS. He lead Laurel High School to the state title his senior season at QB. The following year, he attended Jones County Junior College before transferring to University of Memphis. Akeem went undrafted out of college, but went on to star on the hit NFL Network show, Undrafted. In 2014, he signed with the Redskins and played his rookie season, in Washington, DC. Akeem is entering his 4th season in the NFL and has played for the Redskins, Bucs, Saints, Seahawks, Colts, Chiefs and Jaguars.
About // AD47 Academy
The AD47 Football Leadership Academy is a free, one-day, football skills camp, created by NFL DB, Akeem Davis, and dedicated to promoting leadership, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. AD47 is sanctioned and insured by the NFL Foundation and run in partnership with USA Football through the FUNdamentals program. The Inaugural AD47 was held in Laurel, MS in June 2015, and featured 53 school children, ages 8-12 from across the greater Laurel region. In 2016, we expanded to 100 children. The 4th Edition will be held on June 23, 2018.
FAQ // 2018 Edition
The 4th Annual AD47 Football Leadership Academy will be held at Laurel High School, on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 7am-12pm. The camp will be open to 100 school children, ages 8-12. Over the last three years, on-line registration filled in a matter of minutes. Please note: Walk-up registration will not be available, so you must use the link, below. This non-contact camp is free of charge and is a rain or shine event.
2017 // About Last Year...
JUNE 14, 2017 - Many thanks to James Pugh and our friends at The Chronicle for the fantastic front-page story on the AD47 Academy and the impact this program has had on the Laurel area over the last two years. Now, entering our third year, we have set some lofty goals for 2017 and beyond, but we'd be remised if we didn't acknowledge our corporate partners who invest in this vision and who have helped turn a dream, to a vision, to a goal, to an accomplishment.
As Akeem said, "I really appreciate the consistent support of our community--from parents, to volunteers, to the companies that have stepped up and identified with the values and life lessons we are passing along to these kids. Howard. Essmueller. The First. Sanderson. Winn Dixie. Robby at The Gathering. The Laurel corporate...
...community has really extended its support, but the AD47 platform is more of an investment than a gift. In an investment, you expect to see a positive return on your money, whereas a gift is simply made out of kindness with no expectation of return.
When you look at what we've done over the 1st two years and what we have in store for year 3 and beyond, this is truly a positive investment in the Laurel community and we're grateful for our corporate partners and their continued belief in our program and the young lives we are shaping."
Be sure to pick up a copy of The Chronicle (June 14th edition) to read the full story. To support the AD47 program, please click HERE.