From high school players, to college players and former pro players, all the focus was on training today’s youth on the importance of the fundamentals of the game of football in a meticulous fashion.
Franklin Senior High Head Football Coach/Athletic Director J. Ina was extremely pleased with the turnout.
“I’m really happy that our alumni came and showed out,” he said. “It’s a beautiful thing as we are breaking new ground here as we try and reestablish our connection with the community in serving our kids. I’m happy to see so many kids. I’d like to see more next year as we are teaching them a whole lot about football. I’m happy we were able to do the camp and I’m happy for the support from Dr. (Keidra) Spencer and the 100-Black Men Organization because without them this could not be made possible.”
Campers underwent drills at six different stations at J. C. Dry Stadium field turf Friday before enjoying lunch and meeting in the Franklin Senior High School Auditorium for inspirational messages from Minister Donald Grimm, Dr. Keidra Welch-Spencer and former Atlanta Falcon linebacker Lyman White.
Many FSHS alumni players _ who many years back donned the garnet-and-gold of FSHS _ guided area youngsters on the importance of stretching, foot work, catching and the overall fundamentals of the sport of football.
Organization and discipline were the key words of the day with Ina stressing those words thoughout the day-long camp.
“They are learning how to be organized and how to be discipline,” Ina stated. “Players must understand, one can not just come out and throw a football around and run around and not have organization and not having structure. There is a process to everything whether its football or any kind of sport that is played. They are learning that one must have organization and there is a certain way or process that you do things.”
From turning in their official registration forms to members of the Alpha of Charisma Social Club to gliding over football dummies to hearing encouraging words to fine tuning their skills on the field, many area youth received valuable knowledge from numerous members of former football players at FSHS Friday in the highly succes1st Annual Franklin Senior High School Alumni “Football Camp.”
The camp was sponsored by 100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish and St. Mary Primary Care _ Dr. Keidra Welch-Spencer, MD.