Atlanta football camp posts milestone numbers
Atlanta’s coaching staff hosted another successful free Summer Youth Football Camp July 18 and July 19 for kids ranging from first grade to ninth between the two days at the Atlanta High School practice field.
Three years ago 110 area kids attended the camp, followed by 125 attendees two years ago and last year the number grew to 128.
This year 130 kids joined to learn from the Rabbit coaches over two days in the heat of summer, and that hasn’t slowed the number of campers at all.
“It’s hot at this time of year when we host the camp and our coaches do an outstanding job of taking care of the kids and making sure they have plenty of rest and water throughout the three hours we have them,” Atlanta AD Matt McClure said. “The kids and parents know it’s going to be hot but the number growth in attendance year in and year out shows the excitement the campers have about our football program and the pride here in Atlanta.”
The coaches covered and taught the campers everything such as going through warm-up activities, learning respect for their coaches and each other and coaching them on football skills and drills related to Rabbit championship football.
The campers also learned several different aspects of the game, from passing and receiving, falling on fumbles before the ball reaches the out of bounds line, effective tackling, stellar defense techniques and correct formations.
“We emphasize unity, tempo and effort to the kids who attend the camp and we try to instill a good work ethic for both the playing field and the classroom,” McClure remarked. “With the teaching of work ethic and safety also comes the fun and competitiveness of being at camp.”
McClure stressed to both groups the importance of doing their best in the classroom and letting success there transition to the field.
On the second day of the camp the first through sixth grade campers competed in a punt, pass and kick contest for each grade level and each group ran the 40-yard dash.
The first/second grade winners were as follows: kick contest winner - Tandy Easley, punt contest winner - Judson McClure, pass contest winner - Huntley Fisher and 40-yard dash winner – T.J. Rainey.
Jayden Riley won every event for the third/fourth graders and Larandion Dowden won every event for the fifth/sixth graders.