Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith participates in passing drills during the March 2015 youth football ProCamp at Williams Stadium. Selection of ProCamp locations each year is based on installation commissary and exchange sales of Proctor & Gamble products. The company is the program’s sponsor.

The Fort Lee Commissary, Army and Air Force Exchange Services and Proctor & Gamble are teaming up to host the 2020 ProCamps Kickoff celebration Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m., in the commissary parking lot area. The kickoff festival will include Family and MWR activities, face painters, food and drinks, and more.

A mystery guest professional football player will attend to sign autographs and take selfies with participating community members. Representatives of the ProCamps program also will share details about the upcoming competition that determines where special events will be held this year.

Proctor & Gamble works with ProCamps to sponsor football training drills at winning military bases worldwide. The camps, led by NFL football players, are open to first through eighth-grade children of active duty military, reservists, retirees and DOD Civilian employees. They are two-day events sponsored by P&G in partnership with the Defense Commissary Agency and AAFES. Installations qualify for a camp based on purchases of P&G products in their local commissaries and exchanges during the March through April time period.

Founded in 1999, ProCamps are more than just exercises and drills. The athletes connect with participants by sharing ideas and concepts common to military children who face the challenges of parents deploying and making new friends while moving from installation to installation during their parents’ careers. This year’s theme of “Start Strong/Stay Strong” highlights the values the camps seek to instill.

“ProCamps are living proof of how shopping on post directly improves the quality of life for our military communities,” said Matt Perry, Defense Commissary Agency marketing specialist. “This marks the eighth year this special P&G promotion with us has brought these camps to military installations. Campers not only get to meet NFL players, have fun and learn about football, but they also learn valuable life skills and teamwork.”

P&G will announce the winners of the competition in late spring or early summer once all of the data has been collected and evaluated.