A couple of months ago Cody was invited to attend the USA Football Regional Developmental Camp in Chicago on the weekend of May 4-5. The camp itself consisted of 4 practices and a player development session in which the camp participants listened LaVar Arrington speak. LaVar is a former 3 time pro bowl pick at LB’er with the Washington Redskins. The camp was a 2 day developmental evaluation camp that also served as a try out for the Team USA National 18 and under team. Camp evaluations were done for each player by scouts from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears. Cody’s written evaluation from the camp, which he received at the conclusion of the camp, said: “Strong athlete that developed into the group leader. Good power player with good range to play in space. Strong, solid base to move. Displays good vision and play making ability. Good work.”
On Thursday May 9th he was informed he made the team and will represent Team USA in Austin, Texas from July 6-12. One hundred juniors from across the country were selected after conducting try-outs at 10 different locations including Chicago, LA, San Fran, San Diego, Atlanta, Dallas, New Jersey, Charlotte, Washington DC, and another one. Below is the email I received from USA Football. From July 6 – 12, the Under-18 U.S. National Team will compete in Austin, Texas in the 2013 International Development Games.
USA Football’s Under-18 National Development program will consist of teams comprised of the top eleventh-grade football players from across the United States. The 2013 International Development Games will feature several competitions and activates that are designed to assist each athlete’s overall skill development. Included among these competitions will be daily practices, 7-on-7 games, a situational scrimmage, a jamboree event and a full-length game.
Good luck to all of our athletes running at the State Track Meet this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! This is a great opportunity for multiple AI athletes to showcase their skills at one venue! Make us proud!
Check the video above of Ankeny senior Joel Lanning making 20.0 mph look easy. Joel has been training at Acceleration Iowa preparing for his freshman season at Iowa State. Great job Joel and keep up the good work!!
The Waukee Warrior Varsity team has seen a lot of success over the past few years and it looks like they will continue to in the future as well. The Waukee 8th grade track team won the state track meet by 54 points with the help of Acceleation Iowa athletes Ashlee Eaton, Riley Haupts, Riley Sailor, Lauren Nelson, and Anslee Kapsch. Keep up the good work girls!
Congratulations to Acceleration Iowa Sports Performance Coach Jake McDonough for signing with the New York Jets! Jake was a 1st-team All Big 12 selection last year during his senior year with the Cyclones. Jake has been preparing for this moment all offseason and is ready to take his talents to the next level. Good luck Jake!!
There were many Acceletaion Athletes who performed well this weekend and many on the same relay teams. Nihad Ejubovic and Corbin Lowe teamed up on the 1600m Medley for 5th and the 4×200 for 3rd. The trio of Kayla Sabotin, Keely Smith, and Taylor Officer teamed up and got 4rth in the 4×400 and 5th in the 4×800. Abby Krantz and Gabi Gaines were in the 4×200, 4×100 and Sprint Medley together. Maddie Rouw and Emma Drees where on the shuttle hurdle that got first and broke the all-time best time in the state of Iowa! These athletes worked extremely hard and are seeing the results on the track!
Junior thrower Erin Bramble got second in the the discus at the Drake Relays this weekend with a throw of 52.51m. She has been a key contributor for the Waukee Warriors track team which is seeking to repeat as state champions. Great work Erin!
“Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.”