The Team Behind Kids & Pros
by Jennifer Prince
If you have ever attended one of Kids & Pros Football Clinic or one of their Moms Clinics- then you would see many coaches helping and teaching football safety. Kids and Pros has trained over 40,000 kids trained over the past 15 years, in approximately 240 Camps/Clinics, with these coaches.Long time Kids & Pros Coaches like Robert Moore, Floyd Hodge, and Ken Oxendine help co-founders Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler at just about every football clinic held across the Southeast.
Kids & Pros NFL Alumni Coach Robert Moore played safety from 1982-1986, at Northwestern State University. Moore was a two time All-Conference, All-State as well as Academic All-American. Even winning all the awards, Robert Moore signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Falcons and played Safety from 1986-1989. He was selected NFC Player-of-the-Week with two interceptions, one touchdown performance against the NFL great, Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. When Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler started the Kids & Pros youth football camp initiative (then Dominion Sports) in 2001, they looked to their former Falcons teammate as one of their original “Pros.” Moore has been teaching young kids proper football techniques throughout the Southeast for over 15 years.
Floyd Hodge, another NFL Alumni with Kids & Pros, went to Centennial High School in Los Angeles, California and was a 3 year starting quarterback and a two-time All-Conference player. Hodge played quarterback for the Utah Utes, his junior year and wide receiver during his senior season. Floyd went on to sign a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons in 1982 and played Wide Receiver from 1982-1984. When Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler called Floyd to support their football camp initiative back in 2001, Floyd didn’t hesitate to join them. He has been instrumental to helping Kids & Pros teach young kids the proper football techniques for over 15 years. Not only has he been so hands-on for Kids & Pros, but Floyd is also the Founder of the Infinity Football Academy. The goal of the Infinity Football Academy is to educate, train, develop and enhance the athletic abilities of middle and high school athletes.
A staple to the Kids & Pros NFL Alumni team, Ken Oxendine, played Running Back for Virginia Tech. Oxendine’s best season had him with 904 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns, finishing his time playing for Virginia Tech with 2, 660 yards rushing. During his college years, he was a star football player at Virginia Tech-earning the MVP award at the Orange Bowl game. He later went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons, as a running back, from 1998-1999. After sustaining an injury that ended his professional career, Oxendine went back to Virginia Tech to earn his master’s in education. To help mentor middle and high school boys towards a better life, Oxendine developed a foundation in his name, Brown and Oxendine Sports Group, using Christian values and moral principles to help mentor the young teens. He also coached on every level of football before joining Notre Dame Academy as a Physical Education Teacher and the Director of Player Development in 2006.
Not only do Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler want to teach kids the football fundamentals, but having Robert Moore, Floyd Hodge and Ken Oxendine on the Kids & Pros NFL Alumni team help support the cause- many kids are taught the correct and safest skills in football. These five former Pro players have been teaching kids proper football technique and safe tackling techniques for over 15 years. And seeing the smiles on the kids’ and moms’ faces just prove that the kids are having fun while they’re learning all about the sport!
For a complete list of the wonderful NFL Alumni Coaches that have worked with Kids & Pros over the years, click here.