Steelers' Jon Dwyer's Story Resonates on and Off the Field as He Prepares for His 2011 Youth Football Camp in Marietta

Atlanta, GA, May 14, 2011 --( GA Tech Alum and Steelers' running back Jon Dwyer will host three days of football fundamentals and fun at his youth football camp, June 16-18 in Marietta, Georgia. Dwyer and his NFL colleagues and fellow GT Yellow Jackets teammates will work with 300 youth, ages 5-18 at his alma mater, Kell High School.

Campers will learn NFL style drills, form stretching techniques, strength and conditioning training, offense and defense position instruction, and team concepts for each age group and skill level from Dwyer’s experienced camp coaching staff. The key component of the camp however is the mentoring segments, which will encourage the campers to make good choices, reject negative influences and live a healthy, positive lifestyle.

As a Georgia native, Dwyer is well known for his football accomplishments on the field. But one of his biggest challenges came in the classroom, when he was diagnosed with ADD at an early age. With the support of great teachers and coaches, he was able to succeed in spite of his diagnosis.

Dwyer went on to attend GA Tech after being highly recruited as a result of his stellar football career at Kell where he was awarded GA player of the year. While at Tech, Dwyer continued to excel and earned a 3.6 GPA, in part because of the school's innovative technology for its ADD/ADHD students. Dwyer also proved formidable on the football field, emerging as one of the Nations top running backs as a sophomore, which earned him the ACC Player of the Year Award in 08. Dwyer also received multiple First Team Selections, was named a Parade All American and a candidate for the Doak Walker award which is given to the nation's best running back.

Now as a member of the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Jon is using his platform to raise awareness and give back to the communities that helped him succeed. In addition to the mentoring outreach to the young campers on the field, the camp will also benefit two worthy causes, the Kell High School Youth Football Program and an innovative Neurofeedback lab at Jacob's Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center in Roswell.

Jacob's Ladder Neurodevelopment School and Therapy Center specializes in educating children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Autism, PDD and Asperger's among others. The Jonathan Dwyer Neurofeedback Lab is one of only five in the world, and has proven to have significant long term effects on young patients with ADD/ADHD and Autism.

"There are so many misconceptions about ADD/ADHD and my goal is to share my story as an example and encourage others. I want to do what I can so that kids in similar situations have the opportunity to learn and build their confidence. With the proper tools and support system you can overcome and succeed, if you work hard."

Campers can register online at

The camp will provide breakfast snacks, lunch, and drinks, and autographs from their NFL heroes.

For more information on the camp or sponsorship opportunities, call 770-222-9983 or email

About Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopment School and Therapy Center: Jacob’s Ladder is a specialized School and Therapy Center for children diagnosed with Autism and other developmental delays. The school was founded in 1998 as an outgrowth of the work undertaken with the founder’s son, Jacob, who was given a significant diagnosis of (PDD), now most commonly known as Autism. Jacob’s Ladder Methodology is unique and comprehensive. JL bases its work on a brain based model that recognizes the plastic nature of the brain and its ability to change based on the stimulation it receives. JL combines these specific interventions and utilizes cutting edge technology.

About The Jonathan Dwyer Neurofeedback Lab: The Jonathan Dwyer Neurofeedback Lab will be one of only five in the world, and uses innovative educational methods with an individual approach. This new type of neurofeedback is called LORETA NFB (L.O.R.E.T.A. = low resolution brain electromagnetic tomography), utilizing a breakthrough in the mathematics of detecting and changing brain signals found deep in the brain, the deep "control sites" that traditional NFB has only been able to touch indirectly, and often not at all.

Donations to the Jon Dwyer Neurofeedback Lab can be made online at or by mail to Jacob’s Ladder Center, 407 Hardscrabble Rd. Roswell, GA 30075. Be sure to add Jon Dwyer Lab in the memo.

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