While the methods at each camp may differ, Matt’s goal is to provide attendees with the tools to achieve success in all facets of their lives.  At the elite high school training camp, Matt along with highly qualified coaches and experienced athletes, will help players prepare to compete at the next level of the game.  High school players will have the opportunity to improve their game and perform in front of top college coaches.   They will run agility drills and focus on specialized position specific instruction, on both offense and defense.

The mutual link between both camps is the mentoring sessions, entitled “Chalk Talks”.  Matt will use this time to stress the importance of getting an education, rejecting negative influences and working hard to achieve success in life.  During the high school session, Matt and other speakers will talk about successfully navigating college life as a student athlete. 

“I’ve been fortunate to have reached several of the goals I’ve set for myself but it hasn’t been easy. My consistent hard work and dedication will remain key components in my successes on and off the field.” says Forte “I have had a lot of support along the way, but there were some things that I had to learn through trial and error.  So I really wanted to host these camps to share what I’ve learned, encourage these aspiring athletes and give them the opportunity to hear directly from guys like me, who they may see as role models.”


Saturdays with Matt Forte! This program gives the youth something to do on the weekend most likely flag football, basketball, and other sports. Spending the day with Matt and others playing and being mentored. The youth are provided with one on one time to unload and gain a new perspective on life. The day is spent talking about life and education showing them other positive role models in the world.

“I just want to be a positive male role model for those guys that may or may not have parents in their home, or both parents, or may not have a father figure in their life.”
— Matt
“I look up to positive people. All my life I’ve been around negativity, and you can’t look up to that. That’s why I respect Matt so much for what he does, and I know it’s out of the kindness of his heart because that’s dedication.”
— Student of Matt's


Matt Forté, All Pro running back for the Chicago Bears, has partnered with Chicago-area companies and business leaders to launch the “Yards For Youth” campaign, a fundraising event for The Matt Forté Foundation. The “Yards For Youth” campaign is an on-going fundraiser throughout the duration of the 2014 NFL season.  Proceeds will benefit The Matt Forté Foundation in providing life-changing resources to Chicago-area high school students.  “Yards For Youth” represents a way to positively impact the lives of Chicago’s inner-city youth through both education and exposure to a network of Chicago’s business leaders.  The campaign will allow The Matt Forté Foundation to continue awarding college scholarships to Chicago-area high school students who have excelled academically, demonstrated strong leadership skills and have maintained a high attendance record. 

The “Yards For Youth” fundraiser allows businesses to partner with Matt during the season by donating funds for various on the field accomplishments.  The “Yards For Youth” business leaders also will be providing mentoring and internships opportunities for Chicago-area youth. The Matt Forté Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of others. The participants in the “Yards For Youth” initiative will have the potential to act as true game changers in the greater Chicago area.