This audio slideshow was produced by The Recollective, a group of independent radio producers who spent part of their summer at Michigan State University with more than fifty high school football players at the 4th & 1 Football Camp, a free camp for students from under-served communities held in Texas and Michigan. The project was inspired by Recollective cofounder Jeremy Helton’s experience at a Center for Documentary Studies summer audio institute that connected students with local nonprofits to produce audio documentaries. Helton was a 2011 graduate of the CDS Certificate in Documentary Arts program.
Helton says, “For one jam-packed week in July the student-athletes at 4th and 1 received individualized football training and SAT/ACT tutoring. Business leaders, coaches. and college admissions staff led classes on résumé writing, college applications, yoga, and sports broadcasting. There was even a dining etiquette class. Throughout the week, the adult mentors and guest speakers shared their stories of obstacles faced, mistakes made, and opportunities seized. In this audio postcard from East Lansing we hear 16 year-old Quae Furlow and 14 year-old Tanner Blyly, along with several other 4th & 1 attendees, interviewing each other about their lives, their hopes for the future and the life-changing week they’ve had at camp.”
The Recollective extends special thanks to 4th & 1 camp directors Kaleb Thornhill and Kurt Richardson and to the student interview pairs Quincy Briggs Jr. and ChaQuan Love, Malcolm X Downs and Shawn Watkins, Cameron Lee and Asean Vue, Torien Harris and Brett Powell Jr., Joe Montgomery and Joe Wright, Quae Furlow and Tanner Blyly, Kane Thompson and Leondre Terry, Dartanion Cook and Bernard Noble, and Avante Bell and Juan Cabrera.
Learn more about the 4th & 1 Football Camp.