Los Angeles, CA – Snoop Dogg used The UCLA Bruins’ practice field to hold a special Snoop Youth Football League training camp for special needs children on Sunday morning (October 1).
Alongside UCLA running backs coach Deshaun Foster and the NFL’s first female coach, Dr. Jen Welter, the D.O. Double G gave the children an opportunity to participate in drills and cheerleading routines. They also got to spend a little quality time with Coach Snoop.
HipHopDX got some time to speak with Coach Snoop, who spoke about why events like this are important to the community.
“I’m feeling very blessed man,” said Snoop. “I’m happy to be here to have my league, Foster and Welter work side-by-side in creating a lane for the kids’ special needs. We want to give them something to make them feel as if they are special. That’s what today is all about.”
For over ten years, Snoop’s Youth Football League has coached over 1,500 kids with a handful actually making it to the college and NFL level. This year, wide receiver John Ross was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals following his collegiate career at the University of Washington.
“People always ask me what it was like playing for Snoop,” Ross told Sports Illustrated earlier this year. “I’m telling you, he actually coached. He was at every practice. He called the plays in the huddle.”
Snoop was more than happy with the success of his non-profit organization that’s also secured partnerships with athletic brands like Adidas.
“Man, the proudest moment of my league is seeing kids go to high school,” he said. “Kids that I’ve seen as babies graduate, go to high school, make their momma’s proud and eventually sign on to a university, play on Saturdays and become something in life. It doesn’t matter if they make it on the football field or not. It’s the joy of seeing these boys become young men and eventually grown men.”
The Doggfather has had a productive 2017 when he isn’t engaging in barbs with President Donald Trump. In addition to the recent release of his fifteenth studio album Neva Left, Snoop is set to drop a gospel LP soon.