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NFL stars like Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham will offer virtual training for young athletes in new Nike program

Key Points
  • Nike is launching a new virtual training camp tool that allows athletes to train at home with NFL stars.
  • The platform is free to use and is available to all athletes.
  • The program was designed to support high school football and provide student-athletes with life skills on and off the field. 
Nike Football launches 11-Online, a new virtual training camp led by top NFL athletes, including Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Donald, Saquon Barkley and George Kittle.
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Athletes looking to stay in shape during the coronavirus pandemic will now be able to get coaching from star football players including Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey.

Nike has teamed up with the NFL to offer a free digital training tool called 11-Online that launches Friday. The classes will stream at 11onfootball.com and are available on Nike's Train Club app.

The platform was developed as a way to create a virtual training camp to athletes who are trying to stay in shape from home during the coronavirus pandemic. 

All 32 NFL teams participated in the platform, which provides instruction for all 11 football positions from NFL players. Other athletes offering training include Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald, George Kittle, Denzel Perryman, Taylor Rapp and Deshaun Watson.

Some of the programming includes NFL commentator Nate Burleson walking through one-on-one drills that includes a series of pushups and planks.

If you're a defensive lineman, Donald will provide you with his pass rushing secrets and ways he likes to train in the off season.

In the running back section, Barkley takes you through his footwork and ball security drills to help you be a better ball carrier.

In addition to positional training, the hub also provides mental workouts led by psychologist Michael Gervais of the Seattle Seahawks.

The NFL and Nike announced the 11-on initiative in 2019, and Friday's announcement is the first time it will be available digitally and to everyone. 

The program was designed to support high school football and teach student athletes transferable life skills. 

Nike’s new virtual training camp allows high school football athletes to train together, while physically apart.
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"Nike's 11 Online gives you unprecedented access to your favorite athlete's training routines virtually so you can improve wherever you are," Carolina Panthers running back McCaffrey said. "While I was fortunate enough to attend the 11-On experience in-person, this digital training camp provides a similar experience in your home."

The fall high school sports landscape is changing rapidly due to the pandemic, with many states being forced to make tough decisions about the upcoming season. 

According to the High School Football America, 17 states are pushing back the start of 2020 high school football regular seasons and 16 states plus the District of Columbia are moving their seasons to next year. 

In January, Nike announced another investment in high school football. The sports apparel company invested $2 million in the gridiron of the future at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium, home to seven Miami-Dade area high schools that routinely produce NFL-caliber players. 

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