Purpose of the Annual Pigskin Jamboree
The purpose of the Annual Pigskin Jamboree is to provide an opportunity for all high School senior football players to meet major college and university football recruiters to discuss football scholarships and financial aid packages in one central location and under one roof.
The Pigskin Jamboree is an NCAA sanctioned event, held annually on the 2nd Saturday in December at Ebenezer AME Church, Fort Washington, MD and is opened to any high school senior football players in the country. Our Mission is to provide opportunities, empower, and inspire every high school senior football player to attend a institution of higher learning.
In short, our main focus is to effect positive change in our student athletes and to facilitate joining community and corporate resources in supporting these young men on their journey towards excellence and future life achievements. On the day of the Jamboree, student athletes are required to dress to impress, and are given a crash course on the how-to’s of selling their talents in a workshop .
Over the last 20 years, over 8500 area football players have received over $42 million in scholarships and financial aid. Several area students who attended the Pigskin Jamboree in previous years went on to play professionally in the National Football League. Each Year, many of our local student athletes are taken on one day bus tours to a selected college/university to get the feel of college life.
Life-changing experiences have transpired for many of the students athletes who’ve participated in these trips. A total of 227 male high school athletes have gone on these bus tours over the last five years. Not only is the Jamboree beneficial to our local student athletes, but it has proven to be a cost saving option for many small college/university football program with limited budgets.
By centralizing and standardizing the Jamboree, recruiters can come to the Jamboree and meet with 500-600 possible recruits in one visit, and all in a one-day visit to the Washington DC Area. Thus far, recruiters have traveled from as far away as Texas to recruit our area students. In 1990, the NCAA officially sanctioned the Jamboree, making it the first and only one of its kind on the east coast.
Volunteers from the Jamboree staff constantly go out to local high school football practice fields to have group sessions with students and coaches and inform them of changes in NCAA requirements that must be met in order for them to successfully enter a institution of higher learning on an athletic scholarship.
About the Academic Empowerment Foundation
The Academic Empowerment Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization. It is our umbrella organization encompassing the academic needs of all our area high school students within the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.
The AEF has sponsored 55 high school students in SAT Preparation Classes over the last five (5) years and has enable over 235 area high school students to participate on college tours sponsored by Ebenezer AME Church, Fort Washington MD, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. of Prince George County MD, and Arrow Collegiate Tours.