Area campers enjoy Third Annual FSHS Alumni Football Camp
While the Third Annual Franklin High School Alumni Football Camp was taking place Saturday at J. C. Dry Stadium, Franklin High Football Coach J. Ina was already planning for next year.
“I’m happy with the turnout, but I challenge the community for next year to send out more kids,” Ina said. “We have so much to offer for free. There is no place where the youngsters can be provided with so much for free as the sponsors have done a great job of providing everything we need to put this camp on.”
Ina spoke briefly at Saturday’s camp which opened with registration, breakfast, calisthenics, four working stations, lunch along with a mentoring session.
“I’m elated at the number of campers we have, but I would like to see more,” he said. “I challenge the community to send us more youngsters between the ages of 6 and 13 next year. This is a positive event with everything happening around here positive. There is no putting the kids down nor belittling, for everything we do is positive.”
Ina stated that a special mentoring session was added on Saturday enhancing the positive experience of the camp.
“This is a well-rounded camp with personnel with college and NFL experience,” he replied. “This year we added a mentoring session which focuses on pride, self-esteem and the importance of doing well in school.”
Ina offers up a huge smile when speaking of the sponsors of which he declares makes this an outstanding free camp for kids between the ages of 6 and 13 from the community.”
Ina is eternally grateful to the sponsors _ St. Mary Primary Care (Dr. Keidra Welch-Spencer/Marcus Spencer), 100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish and A. O. C. (Alpha of Charisma, Inc.) _ for whom he praises for heading up another highlyl- successful camp.
“We have great sponsors, and because of them this is a free camp for youngsters to attend,” Ina stated. “I challenge the community to send us more kids. We can handle more kids and our sponsors will provide us with the necessary supplies.
On Saturday, over 80 youngsters signed up to work out under the guidance of former FSHS standouts in the bright sunshine of J. C. Dry Stadium.
The youngsters were divided into groups according to age before undergoing four work stations highlighting drills of agility, speed, balance, catching and throwing.
Former Franklin High School Hornets players Cliff Armelin, Adolph Parker, Maurice Seneca, Gavin Stansbury, Kenneth Jones, Davin Colar, Larry Guilbeau, J. Ina, Donald Foulcard, Wydrick Harding, Allen Lockett, Tremayne Johnson and Jireh Grimm were all on hand to offer tips to area youngsters during the third annual FSHS football camp.
Ina, who was extremely pleased with the efforts of everyone involved in the third annual FSHS Alumni Football Camp, expects bigger things ahead.
“Again, I challenge the community to send us more kids next year as the sponsors have been a tremendous blessing and there is so much more to give,” he said. “This is a free camp for the kids of the community and next year I would like to see more kids take advantage of this opportunity.”