United Way for the
Greater New Orleans Area 
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July/August 2011

Sharper/Harper Football Camp


United Way CEO Gary Ostroske addresses a group of teen campers on July 20th.

The 2nd Annual Sharper Harper Football and Cheer Camp took place July 20th and 21st. Darren Sharper and Roman Harper hosted the camp at East Jefferson High School in Metairie.

United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area was proud to sponsor the camp for the first time. Other sponsors included Howard Risk Advisors, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, The Westin, Green Energy, GCT, Cintas, Kentwood Water and Phoenix Off Shore Energy.

Each camper received an Official Nike Camp T-shirt, a photo with both Darren and Roman, a pair of Nike football cleats, lunch provided by Copeland’s of New Orleans and Second Harvest Food Bank, 8 hours of expert instruction and an educational and memorable experience guaranteed.

Sharper demonstrates proper throwing technique to participants.
United Way helped Sharpe and Harper award scholarships to 70 underprivileged children to attend the camp free of charge.

Proceeds of the camp benefitted Harper’s Hope 4*1 Foundation and the Sharper Kids. Both charities are aimed at giving back to disadvantaged youth and making a difference in the community.

Along with the Sharper Harper football camp this year, Tamica Lee, former Saintsation, director and choreographer for the New Orleans Voodoo Dolls and owner of Advance Dance Agency, headed up the Sharper Harper cheer camp. Tamica’s team of instructors at the camp included Saintsations, Honey Bees, Laker Girls and other professional dancers. There was also a special appearance by actress and recording artist, Christina Milian.

When Sharper and Harper were asked why they decided to host this camp, Darren Sharper said, “I have a passion to give back. I have been blessed these last 14 years of my life to make a living doing what I love and I want to share some of what I have learned over the years with the youth of the community. It was camps like these that inspired me as a young athlete to believe in myself, work hard, and learn new skills and now I want to instill these values and lessons to our youth.”

 “I really love working with kids, I couldn’t believe how much fun we had,” said Roman Harper. “The kids were great and you could actually see improvement and growth with them in just two days. I‘m excited to get not only teach what I know but really talk to the kids, inspire them and share my love of the game!”

 “I love kids and I love giving back, when I was asked to help out, I didn’t hesitate. I was excited to get out there and have some fun!” added Christina Milian.


United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area
serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines,
St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa 
and Washington Parishes
2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119