Camp Exposure was created in 2018 by the founder Tyler Patmon and his wife Tiffany as a faith based organization that began under their non profit foundation Shine in Darkness. Shine in Darkness focuses on helping young boys and girls find their God given talents and directs them on how to turn them into a real life occupation. After partnering with college teammates and his best friends Jeremiah Hatch and Lubbock Smith III, who also have a passion for the youth and their community, Camp Exposure was taken to the next level and became the organization that it is today.
Camp Exposure focuses on exposing young student-athletes to information to not only help them grow as athletes in the sport but also as young men and women in their everyday lives. Camp Exposure hosts a once a year camp to give under-the-radar players the platform and opportunity to showcase their skills and ability in a nation that is swarming with millions of student-athletes all waiting for that shot to play at the next level. While we want our invitees to succeed as athletes we also understand that there is more to life than sports and that we need to teach these athletes how to find their identity without it being connected to how they perform on a field or in an arena. While they learn different techniques to help them grow as an athlete from our professional athletes and trainers, we also have our expert speakers talk to them about things along the lines of mental health, financial literacy, personal branding, finding your identity, how to use the sport as a vehicle and most importantly learning about having a relationship with Jesus in order to discover what their purpose is in life. Our backgrounds and experiences have taught us that kids sometimes lack the knowledge and information it takes to navigate through this world, especially those of disadvantaged, economic backgrounds albeit the reason we strive to provide that knowledge and information in order to help them avoid pitfalls and mistakes that can be detrimental to their lives.
While Camp Exposure has primarily focused on football in the past, we now plan on expanding our reach to multiple sports and both genders as we aspire to have a true impact on our community’s well-being. The focus has always been the athlete but we also want to make sure we reach the parents, guardians, and mentors. By expanding our reach, we believe we can help spark the change of the trajectory of each family as we start to create generational knowledge and wealth.