Sports Columns

July 22, 2013

A Look Ahead: Summer of fun camps concluding

The last wave of summer camps are crashing against the shore this week and the next, with numerous schools and organizations hosting sports-related camps and one local high school planning a volleyball match for its alumni.

If you’re a kid who’s been spending the summer inside, playing video games and eating junk food — like I did when I was younger — then you may need to take the final two weeks of summer to get back in football mode for the upcoming fall season.

The Attack Sports Training Facility in Varnell will host a youth preseason football boot camp starting today and lasting for two and a half weeks. The camp is for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade, and the cost is $70.

“It’s just a way to get kids back out there doing football things and get outside and ready for the season,” said John Linder, an assistant coach at Northwest Whitfield High School and head of the camp.

The boot camp will include endurance, speed, agility and instruction. This week, it will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and begins at 10 a.m. and lasts through 11:30 a.m., with lunch provided. Next week it will be at the same times, except on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The final week, the first full week of August, the camp will be held on Monday (Aug. 5) and Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. through 6 p.m.

For more information, call (706) 483-7246 or (706) 581-2350, or email Linder at linderjohn61@yahoo.com or Stacy Pardee at stacypardee@yahoo.com.

Additionally, the training facility will begin hosting offensive and defensive line instruction sessions on Sunday afternoons beginning Aug. 18, recreation league team offensive and defensive line instruction sessions beginning Aug. 19 and additional speed, agility and quickness training starting on a to-be-determined date.

Remember that you can always find out Local Sports Calendar online at www.daltonnow.com/events, and if you have an announcement you would like placed in the calendar, send it to sports@daltoncitizen.com.

• While I never went to any softball camps in my younger years, if they’re anything like baseball then they’re sure to be just as fun.

Coahulla Creek will host the second-annual Lady Colts Softball Camp for ages 5 through upcoming eighth-graders starting Wednesday at 9 a.m. The camp goes to noon each day through Friday and instruction includes the fundamentals of hitting, pitching, throwing, baserunning and position play.

The cost is $30 for kids who attended the school’s all-sports camp earlier this summer and $50 for all other sign-ups, although there is a $10 discount for each additional sibling within the family who registers.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Coahulla Creek student-athlete Hannah Locke, a basketball and softball player who was seriously injured in a car accident earlier this year.

All participants will receive a T-shirt. Players should bring their glove, bat, helmet and both cleats and running shoes. To learn more, contact Angie Adkins at (706) 271-8557, LaSondra Hedden at (706) 218-7292 or Josh Swiney at josh_swiney@whitfield.k12.ga.us.

• Southeast Whitfield will host its Hustlin’ Raiders Boys Basketball Camp for pre-kindergartners through eighth-graders Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the school’s gym. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the first day of camp, and cost is $50.

The camp will include both instruction for campers and competitions, and all participants will receive a T-shirt and basketball.

• The last high school event taking place this week is Murray County’s alumni volleyball match.

It will be Friday at the school’s Kennth Ross Gymnasium in Chatsworth starting at 6 p.m. For those wishing to play, the cost is $20 and all interested alumni should contact Lady Indians volleyball coach Kim Richards at kimberly.richards@murray.k12.ga.us or (706) 264-3450 with their name, year they played at the school and shirt size.

Admission is $5 and children 5 and under are admitted for free.

• Christ-Centered Martial Arts will host its annual karate day camp on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The camp is for ages 8-16 and the martial arts facility is located at 4111 S. Dixie Highway in Dalton. The cost of the camp is $10. Campers will receive instruction, play games and take part in prayer and a brief Biblical devotion/lesson. Lunch is provided.

Following the camp there will be a class demonstration and certificate presentation. Space is limited to the first 40 participants. To register, call (706) 483-9708. To learn more, visit ccmartialarts.com.

Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Have something you think he should highlight in “A Look Ahead?” Write to him at devingolden@daltoncitizen.com.

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