Camp offers chance to meet former Bulldogs
Teamwork, consideration of others, confidence, the importance of good grades and, of course, football.
All of these things will be on display at the Everett Sports Marketing MVP Football Camp. The event will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Augusta Christian for ages 6-15.
It functions as a fundraiser for the Columbia Area Youth Football Association.
“It’s a great way for kids to come in and learn more than just football,” Rachel Rudolf, ESM event director said. “It’s also a great opportunity for them to learn from some very well-rounded athletes.”
The reference is to former Georgia players David Greene and Kelin Johnson. Greene was the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback from 2001-04 and won the SEC Championship game MVP in 2002. He is also the career leader in wins and yards gained in the conference. Johnson was a safety for the Bulldogs and played four years for the team.
“David is such a great person for the kids to learn from,” Rudolf said. “The both of them bring a lot of experience to the camp and can talk about the importance of life skills. Kids really listen, and their ears perk up a bit more when pro athletes are talking.”
Camp-goers will be able to participate in drills, such as speed and agility, schemes, learn about coverages and more. At the end of the day there will be a scrimmage between the two teams with Greene as the quarterback.
“Parents are encouraged to swing back by and watch the scrimmage,” Rudolf said. “They can also take that time to snap some photos of their kids with David or Kelin and of them playing in the game.”
The camp is capped at 60 participants, and there currently are eight spots available. Registration is $85, and even if those spots aren’t filled, registration will close on Friday.
“We only allow 60 kids in because it gives everyone an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with David and Kelin,” Rudolf said. “We can divide them into three groups of 20, and instead of just having a few moments to spend with the athletes, they can have the opportunity to interact and learn from them.”
ESM holds multiple camps throughout the state of Georgia to benefit youth football. This will be the only opportunity for parents for the rest of this year, however, due to scheduling concerns. The next camp will take place February 2.
“We scheduled this one because it’s Georgia’s bye week,” Rudolf said. “It was the only time we could get David in since he is a commentator for them.”
Recruit Andrew Williams, who is a native of McDonough, Ga., will also be in attendance at the camp. The 6-foot-4, 241 pound Williams has 16 offers, including Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida and others.
Chik-fil-A and Academy Sports are the sponsors of the event. After the camp is over with, Greene will be at the Chic-fil-A on Washington Rd. in Augusta signing autographs and having a meet-and-greet.
Those that are interested can sign up at www.everettsm.com or by calling (864) 350-1222.
Scott Rodgers is a graduate of Alvernia University and a staff writer at the Aiken Standard.