Jan. 12, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue football program, in concert with Dream Season, took part in the second annual "Dream Bowl" inside the Mollenkopf Athletic Center on Saturday.
Organized by running back Kurt Freytag and Dream Season's Chris Oppy, around 30-35 of the current Boilermaker roster took part in going through non-contact football drills with males and females ages 12 and up with intellectual disabilities.
Also in attendance was Purdue's All-American Marching Band with the World's Largest Drum, the Golduster Dance Team, the Silver Twins and the Girl in Black, the Air Force ROTC Color Guard and Purdue Pete.
Among the skills the athletes took part included an obstacle course, a tackling station, throwing and receiving as well as punting and kicking.
Dream Season, Inc.® is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization providing 2 hour, non-contact football camps and special experiences to males and females ages 12 and up with intellectual disabilities.
With each camp being considered one "game" of the Dream Season, participants may come to one or all of the camps. Participants that attend at least one camp qualify to attend the end-of-season Dream Bowl at Purdue University that includes Purdue football players and live entertainment.
Each camp involves high school football players from a specific school that provide the feel and (more importantly) the camaraderie of football in fun drills that simulate football movements. Each camp allows the participants to see the next high school home football game free and join the team on the field at game's end.
Dream Season CollegiateTM provides a similar camp at the collegiate level utilizing college football players. Both high school and collegiate programs are periodically supported with appearances by players and personnel from the National Football League or its respective franchises.