FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va., Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. James announced the launch of its football program, providing one of the broadest range of on the field and off the field developmental and training opportunities available in the country. The program, which will be led by Gallaudet All-American Adham Talaat, will feature everything from learn-to-play to position-specific skills training to competitive flag and 7-on-7 leagues.
"The football fan base in the Washington region is among the most passionate in the country, following and playing the game as intensely as any community anywhere," said Craig Dixon, co-founder and co-CEO of The St. James. "Under Adham's leadership, we are aiming to help elevate the great football tradition of this region by offering the most comprehensive program imaginable."
Talaat was a star defensive end at Gallaudet where he helped lead the team to its first conference championship in school history and was a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, which honors the nation's best Division III football player.
He went on to train as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants, becoming the fourth deaf player in NFL history.
In addition to his role as director of football, Talaat will serve as a strength and conditioning coach in The St. James High Performance Center. Before joining The St. James, Talaat was a strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater Gallaudet working with student-athletes across a variety of sports and positions. He also worked with the University of Southern California's football strength and conditioning program.
"As a football lover and former college player, I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity we have to contribute to the safe learning and enjoyment of the game," said Kendrick Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of The St. James. "Adham's knowledge of all facets of the game and commitment to teaching how to play it safely are unparalleled, and we look forward to building a wholly unique opportunity to train, compete, study and have fun."
The St. James football program brings together excellent coaching, broad offerings and best-in-class playing and training venues. Highlights of the program include:
- Position-specific skills training
- Combine training for athletes to learn and master the techniques to excel at the classic football combine drills
- Combines where athletes can showcase their training at The St. James
- Offensive and defensive scheme and concept study (X's and O's), including film study
- Football strength and conditioning (in-season, off-season)
- Football camps for athletes to connect and learn from the best in the country, including local professional players, in one-day, weekend-long and recurring/seasonal clinics
- 7-on-7 passing leagues for middle school and high school athletes to compete and improve year-round
- Youth and adult co-ed flag football leagues
"Every football player – beginner and skilled, youth and adult – will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game, train, compete and enjoy the game through our very broad-based program," Talaat said. "And I'm looking forward to helping as many young players as possible maximize their full potential."
The St. James is hosting an event for athletes and families to meet the coaches leading its sports programs on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. For more information or to RSVP, please contact The St. James sales studio at 703.239.6870.
About The St. James
The St. James, the premier sports, wellness and active entertainment destination brand in the country, is set to open a flagship 450,000-square foot complex on a 20-acre campus in Fairfax County, Virginia in September 2018. The complex will offer the most comprehensive combination of sports and wellness venues and programming, lifestyle amenities and family centered active entertainment in the country. For more information, please visit thestjames.co.
SOURCE The St. James