From supporting other charitable organizations and offering programs through his own foundation, Ricky is passionate about giving back to his community. While an average NFL player's career is 3.5 years, Ricky enjoyed a successful 11-year career which he is thankful for every day. Over that period, Ricky gained overwhelming support from his fans worldwide. Giving back to those in need is a way for him to show appreciation for the many years of faithful support.
CAMP | WATTERS WARRIORS | RICKY WATTERS PRO FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE
I’m proud to present the Official Ricky Watters Pro Football Experience! It is important for me to hold this camp because football can be a very dangerous sport if you are not taught proper techniques and not properly educated about the game. I am proud to bring together my former teammates from the NFL and Notre Dame, a team of standout professionals whom I trust to give you the best coaching possible. I’ve been playing football since I was 6 years old in concrete parking lots, asphalt streets and anywhere else that had enough room. I played with older kids so I was always the smallest, slowest, and skinniest. In fact, my nickname was Skinny Rick. But, I believed in myself and believed if I worked hard enough at improving my game by running faster, catching better and becoming tougher, I could one day live out my dream of being a star running back in the NFL.
I looked up to players like Walter Payton, Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson. I learned that it took them much more than talent to make it to the highest level of success. They had to exhibit mental toughness and physical toughness to achieve greatness. If each player on a team is determined enough to put in the hard work to be the best player they can be, then that team has the chance to go the distance. One player can’t win a championship. It takes each player working together to reach that common goal. When I played for Notre Dame, our team motto was “Play Like A Champion Today”. That stuck with me throughout my career. I played my heart out every practice and every game. When you play hard in practice it becomes automatic in the game. Practice does make perfect! And just remember, not all of you share the same talents. Some of you will run faster, catch bettter, or have more tackles.
The best thing is that football uses the strengths of each player. That is why football is one of the greatest sports in the world. I hope you enjoy yourselves and I know you will all leave with a greater understanding of the game and a greater awareness of your full potential. And remember… the most important thing is to have fun out there. Play for the love of the game!
RICKY WATTERS FAMILY FOUNDATION
The Ricky Watters Family Foundation was founded by Ricky and his wife Catherina to directly impact the lives of foster and at risk youth. As an adoptee himself, Ricky is just as passionate when it comes to mentoring as he is about playing football. Ricky has always believed that by sharing his personal story and many challenges he faced as a youth and young adult, he will encourage children and teens to never give up until they reach their goals.
The foundation’s mission is to encourage and equip young people to become leaders in their communities. RWFF strives to build self-confidence and self-worth through one-on-one mentoring, life skills training, exposure to the arts and music, sports, and different cultures. RWFF supports local charities and organizations who are equally dedicated to improving the quality of life in our communities through fostering the social and academic development of at-risk youth who include children in foster care, children in low income single parent homes and young adults who have aged out of the foster care system.
After retiring from the NFL in 2002, Ricky self published his autobiography “For Who For What: A Warrior’s Journey.” Ricky uses this book as an inspirational tool to help motivate youth, help build their self confidence and help them achieve their goals in life. He hopes that after reading about his struggles in life, they will see that anything is possible with hard work and dedication and a little patience.
Adopt A Child For The Holidays: A holiday gathering to support children living in residential foster facilities during the most sensitive time of the year. Most of these children are not able to visit family during the holidays and it is most noticeable during the holidays. We provide a bridge for financially stable families to reach out to those less fortunate and to learn more about mentoring programs within the foster care system
Ricky Watters Celebrity Golf and Gala: was most recently held at Isleworth Country Club in Orlando Florida. Previous events featured celebrity guests such as Lou Holtz, Julius Erving, Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Viola and other notable professional athletes and icons in the community. Original art work is featured by world class Painter of Legends Armando Delgado. www.painteroflegends.
Ricky Watters Pro Football Experience: Football camp offered for ages 6-18. Instruction by Ricky and his former teammates from the NFL and Notre Dame to those who are serious about learning the skills the professionals use. Scholarships are offered to those families with below median incomes and teens in residential foster care.