The NAofA News is where we share information and Press Releases regarding the National Academy of Athletics. We also share national and world news regarding youth sports and the health and well-being of children. You can read up on the latest news here.




Nurturing Academic and Athletic Success in Your Child

August 23rd, 2023|

Nurturing Academic and Athletic Success in Your Child As a parent of a child who's enthusiastically embracing the world of youth sports, you're witnessing firsthand the incredible benefits of physical activity, teamwork, and goal setting. However, the balancing [...]

Unleashing the Power of Youth Sports

July 28th, 2023|

Unleashing the Power of Youth Sports: An Interview with Ben Freeland, Area Captain at the NAofA In today's fast-paced world, filled with screens and digital distractions, getting kids involved in physical activities has never been more important. Youth [...]

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Introducing: The Team Captain Program

July 20th, 2023|

Introducing: The Team Captain Program Are you a parent who believes in the power of youth sports and the positive impact it can have on children's lives? Do you want to play an active role in promoting physical [...]

Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month

July 18th, 2023|

Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month: Enhancing Communities Through Connection and Wellness As we embrace the warmth of summer, it's the perfect time to come together and appreciate the vital role that Parks and Recreation departments play in our [...]

The Benefits of Kids Playing Multiple Sports

July 12th, 2023|

The Importance of Playing Multiple Sports By: Aaron Locks, NAofA CEO and Founder During my youth, we engaged in a wide array of activities as children. We participated in various sports, invented our own games, and competed [...]

The NAofA is Now Franchising!

July 11th, 2023|

The NAofA is Now Franchising! The National Academy of Athletics (NAofA), a prominent and esteemed institution renowned for its exceptional youth sports programs, is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of its youth sports franchise opportunities. This [...]

Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

June 29th, 2023|

Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success During a Zoom meeting, I was speaking with a community partner from the San Diego Area who brought up something interesting. They noticed a yellow pyramid displayed on the wall behind [...]

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  • Avatar Jessica Shum ★★★★★ a week ago
    Aaron, the founder, was amazing to talk to. You can tell he is genuinely invested in his business, and has the foundation, ethics, and experience to succeed. He really does have the kids' best interest at heart and his mission with … More the NAoA is absolutely fantastic. I look forward to connecting with Aaron in the future. You've got a fan and supporter in Canada!!
  • Avatar Jasmine Ali ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    NAofA is an amazing place to work for. I've had nothing but great experiences with everyone I work with. Aaron is absolutely amazing when it comes to providing positive feedback as well as understanding where I'm coming from when … More I have any concerns. Taylor is amazing as well when it comes to providing what's needed or if I have any problems with anything, she has been such a big help. This is the first time with a company that I've worked for that I feel comfortable with and felt heard and understood. I can't wait to keep growing with the company and seeing what more we can achieve with the time that comes!
  • Avatar Jim curry ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    I have personally watched Aaron and his team grow NAofA into the premier organization for youth sports. Aaron's incredible leadership and guiding principles can be applied to all areas of one's life! They motivate and teach youth … More using real life experiences learned from legendary athletes and coaches, changing the landscape of sports camps, forever!
  • Avatar Shawn Hermosillo ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I cannot say enough positive things about the incredible experience my son had at the National Academy of Athletics, flag football camp. From the moment he stepped onto the field, he was filled with excitement and enthusiasm, and that feeling … More carried throughout the entire program.
    First and foremost, the coaches at the National Academy of Athletics deserve tremendous praise. They are exceptional individuals who are not only highly skilled in football but also possess an innate ability to connect with and inspire children. They create a supportive and encouraging environment that fosters personal growth and confidence in every participant. The coaches' dedication to the kids is evident in their interactions, as they go above and beyond to ensure each child feels valued and included.
    My son returned home exhausted every day, but with a smile that stretched from ear to ear. The camp's perfect balance of physical activity and fun-filled games kept him engaged and excited to attend every session. Moreover, the National Academy of Athletics summer program is a fantastic opportunity for children to enhance their football skills while having an absolute blast. The camp offers a well-rounded experience that goes beyond the technical aspects of the game. It teaches important values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and perseverance, which are integral to both sports and life in general.
    I wholeheartedly recommend the National Academy of Athletics flag football camp to any parent searching for a summer program that combines skill-building and fun. It's an excellent investment in your child's growth and a guaranteed source of unforgettable memories. Kudos to the entire National Academy of Athletics team for their outstanding work in creating such an exceptional program!
  • Avatar Dohnvan Ferrall ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    As I coach for the National Academy of Athletics I love my job. I’ve been coaching for the company for almost two years it’s very rewarding and if you love sports and helping kids be great and successful in learning new things at any level … More of the sport this is the job for you. I love coaching and teaching the kid’s different skills and educational things that have to do with certain sports. I love every part of working for this company and haven’t left any camps without a smile on my face.
  • Avatar Tasha Kane ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    My son recently started working with NA of A. He’s enjoying his job as a coach & having fun connecting with kids thru sports. Working for NA of A, gives young adults who played sports growing up an opportunity to give back to their … More community & continue to be involved in sports . The sports programs offered are a lot of fun for kids & even provided in the schools . It’s great to see a youth sports program being easily accessible to so many kids !!
  • Avatar Jodi Fernandez ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    We appreciate Aaron's knowledge, enthusiasm, and handouts he provided for our kickoff for our summer training. Aaron was our opening speaker and is very flexible and knowledgeable in the field and comes with many years' experience … More to pull from. We have new and veteran summer camp staff, and he made his Talk, Teach, Play relevant for all. Thank you Aaron!
  • Avatar Brayden Stephens ★★★★★ a year ago
    Working for National Academy of Athletics has been such a fun and rewarding experience! Getting the opportunity to work with kids in a positive and fun environment is such a great opportunity. I have learned so much from both the kids and … More my fellow coaches since starting my work here. I encourage anybody who has a passion for making a positive difference in young athletes lives, to think about a career with National Academy of Athletics!
  • Avatar Angela Fernandez ★★★★★ a year ago
    National Academy of Athletics is a fun, rewarding and engaging program for kids of all ages! They provide a wide range of sports and athletic opportunities for every level. My daughter has loved every camp and program she's attended! … More I would highly recommend National Academy of Athletics!
  • Avatar Jazmin Locks ★★★★★ a year ago
    My son is on his second year of doing camps with national athletics! First off, the coaches are AMAZING! He hardly can sleep on camp nights because he is so excited to go the next day! It’s a perfect mix of education on a sport and FUN! … More He loves doing the longer days one although he is young he finds it that much fun to stay the full day! He loves showing me his new skills he learned and telling me about all the friends he makes ! HIGHLY recommend! Memories for a lifetime he gains at every camp!
  • Avatar Gina Rose ★★★★★ a year ago
    This organization is fantastic! The National Academy of Athletics teaches its campers to be their best self. Their caring and well-trained staff are wonderful in teaching skills and in developing a love of the game, no matter what level … More the player is at. As a coach for many years of youth sports, I can say that National Academy of Athletics is an excellent choice for youth who want to learn, develop and enjoy athletics. Top notch!
  • Avatar Video Spark Productions ★★★★★ a year ago
    The National Academy of Athletics is a world class organization that understands the rules, techniques, skills and spirit of team sports. I got to participate in a basketball camp that they organized. It profoundly helped me improve my … More skills and gave me the confidence to excel to my best ability. They are especially good with children and youth development by exemplifying wholesome, well-rounded values, that carry on throughout life.
  • Avatar Crystal Davis ★★★★★ a year ago
    NAA ran the PTA P.E. Program at my kid's school. NAA was well organized, provided great instruction, was a lot of fun and was designed for all grade levels. The students really loved the instructors and looked forward to their P.E. … More class. Let's continue to keep kids active in schools. I highly recommend as a parent and former PTA president.
  • Avatar Michael Manalastas ★★★★★ a year ago
    I had such a privilege working with National Academy of Athletics as my sports contractor. They really provide the best level of service to your community. They are responsive, reliable, and truly deliver quality services. I will highly … More recommend their services to any local agency across the Bay Area.
  • Avatar Rachel Beer ★★★★★ a year ago
    National Academy of Athletics is an amazing organization to work with! My agency has worked closely with their programs for over three years, and they have always been successful! We look forward to continuing to work with them in the future! … More
  • Avatar John Cao ★★★★★ a year ago
    Great program for the kids! Looking forward for these programs to come to the Houston, Texas area!
  • Avatar Bryan Johnson ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Aaron Lock brings a wealth of experience with him so when he talks, it is wise to listen. He willingly gives his time to give back to the game and help officials along in their own journey. He has forgotten more basketball knowledge than … More most people could ever acquire and I greatly appreciate the feedback he gives.
  • Avatar Nick Zichichi ★★★★★ a year ago
    Couldn’t say enough about how great of an experience I had working for NAOFA. Great environment to work in and I have developed meaningful relationships in the process.
  • Avatar andrew genshaft ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Working for NAofA has been an amazing experience. I have always felt an amazing amount of support and understanding from them and am happy with the great working conditions.
  • Avatar Steven Stiles ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    They have done great things for our little league. They definitely helped us create a great atmosphere among players and parents.
  • Avatar Clae Macke ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    National Academy of Athletics is an amazing place to work! I'm grateful to help young athletes develop their skills and create positive experiences!
  • Avatar Davie Gillus ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Aaron has a great way of teaching and it is easy to transfer your learning from him into practice.
  • Avatar Jen Wall ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We LOVE the National Academy of Athletics! We started using the programs with my first child, and last week my third child completed his first program (soccer!) He came home each day energized, happy and excited to return the next day. … More Next week we are registered for football (child #2)! We regularly use NAA programs not only during summer, but also during long weekends, and holiday workshops as well. 5 stars for sure!
  • Avatar Susan Davidson ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I met Aaron in 2013 at an event for Recreation Professionals. When I heard him speak at the event I was struck by his enthusiasm and genuine passion for his vocation. I immediately knew I wanted to collaborate with him.
    I shared with
    … More Aaron the needs of our city’s teens and we created the ideal program that was incorporated into a teen summer camp. His high-caliber staff did an awesome job motivating the teens to learn and play a variety of sports as well as teaching them character-building skills.
    If you have an opportunity to collaborate and/or enroll youth into any of his programs I highly recommend that you do. You will find Aaron to be an inspirational leader, who has developed high-quality programs that have a meaningful impact on youth.
  • Avatar Ginelle Cloar ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    These camps were so great! I'm so thankful I found them online. The coaches were super nice and my son loved every minute of them, especially making new friends that we will make play dates with in the future.
  • Avatar Joanna Burningham (Little Miss Twist) ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Bentley had a great time. He made lots of friends. Bentley was excited to go everyday and told me about how much fun he had ever afternoon at pick up. He had a blast! Thanks for making his time at sports camp fun and memorable.
  • Avatar Megan Linsenmeyer ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My son had the best experience and absolutely loved his coaches. He was so excited to go everyday he woke up early and was ready to head out the door! Thank you for this great experience we will definitely be back!
  • Avatar Megan ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Great basketball camp. My 8 year old really enjoyed his days of camp! Thank you!
  • Avatar Kristi Quint ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My 7 year old loved this camp! We had him signed up for mornings, but switched to full day because he was having so much fun. We have a hoop in front of our house and we can tell he definitely learned moves!
  • Avatar Jaclyn Blumberg ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My son had an excellent experience with Coach Ben's basketball program. As a child who typically "hangs back" with new experiences, Coach Ben was able to get my son participating and excited about the game right from the … More start. Ben is professional, motivating, energetic and knowledgable. A great asset for kids' programs!
  • Avatar Jay Striniste ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    THANK YOU to the team at NAOA for hosting the after school skills clinics.
    My son attended the basketball camp at Pioneer park in Santa Rosa. With all of our youth sports on hold, this is a wonderful option. And when the kids can play again,
    … More this will still be an great way to build confidence, improve skills and let the kids have FUN in a safe environment.
    Keep up the good work and stay safe!
  • Avatar Monica ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Excellent sports programs for kids! We have recently done two flag football programs with NAOA and have been so pleased with the professionalism and organization of it all. The coach Al is so good with the kids by teaching them skills, … More team building and also fun! We have been so happy with the program and looking forward to signing my 9-year old up again for Flag Football in the next session.
  • Avatar Alberto Juarez ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I have been an Area Captain for the National Academy of Athletics for the past 3 years. I manage the San Jose territory. It is an amazing organization to be a part of. Aaron Locks is a genius with youth sports programming!! I wish I had … More these fun activities when I was playing sports as a kid!
  • Avatar Lecelia Harrison ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I have been a Area Captain with the National Academy of Athletics for 4 years now. It is a great organization to be a part of. There is nothing better than people providing quality physical fitness programs for children and being of service … More in the community.
  • Avatar Kristina Peterson ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My son had a funtastic time at the in-person camps during Thanksgiving and Winter break.
    The coaches are inclusive, friendly, fun, energetic, and create an environment where kids feel welcome and safe.
  • Avatar AM AM ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    This was an outstanding experience for my children and they attended multiple sessions. They learned a variety of skills had a ton of fun and this was in a COVID safe environment.
  • Avatar regina murray ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    This was the perfect “P.E.” replacement during Covid. The coach was great and my daughter had a blast. Thank you!!
  • Avatar Jourdan Ziff ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    As an Area Captain for the National Academy of Athletics, I am very proud to be a part of a team who truly believes in their mission to bring youth sports to children everywhere! The organization is passionate about making a positive difference … More in each kid's life that engages in any NAofA program.

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