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Lizi Arbogast / The Outlook Benjamin Russell football coach Kevin Smith works with a student during the Wildcat Junior Combine on Thursday at Radney Elementary School.

Summer has finally hit and it’s not always easy for parents to find ways to keep their young children occupied during the summer months. That’s one of many reasons Legacy Builders has teamed up with Fellowship of Christian Athletes to host an all-day free sports camp.

The first-ever Legacy Christian Sports Camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5; it is a free event and lunch will be provided.

“Our main focus is to have Christian men working with all these students and setting good examples, and we’re trying to help the students in the activities of their choice,” said Billy Coleman, who is a member of Legacy Builders and is also the chairman of the FCA board of directors in this area. “We want to do everything we can as far as learning a sport, but more importantly, we want to talk about the opportunities that sports give all of us.”

The camp is open to both boys and girls who have just completed first through sixth grade. The sports camp will be somewhat taking over the town, as it’ll be using facilities at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex and Central Alabama Community College as well as the soccer complex.

Boys can choose from football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis and fishing; girls can pick between basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, baton and dance, cheerleading and fishing. Participants can choose either one sports to do all day or two to do for half the day each.

Because the objective of the camp is to ultimately teach kids more about their sport of choice, Legacy Builders and FCA have recruited some top coaches for the job. One of the top names is Eddie Varnadore, who is a former baseball coach at Sylacauga and is a member of the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. More importantly though, the camp will have local coaches who will have a chance to connect with the kids.

Benjamin Russell coach Kevin Smith will be heading up the football part, while BRHS girls coach Lee Wagoner will take charge of the soccer seminar. Horseshoe Bend boys coach Chad Kison will teach basketball, CACC coach Wesley Coleman will head up tennis and Wetumpka coach Jimmy Reeves will be teaching softball.

“The FCA was a big part of helping us with this,” Billy Coleman said. “A lot of these guys are very active in FCA. We just wanted to give it a try this year and see how it goes, and we may expand off it. I think the word got out pretty good, so hopefully it’ll be a yearly thing.” 

Registration for the camp is due by Wednesday. Contact legacychristiansportscamp@gmail.com. 

Lizi Arbogast is the sports editor at Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.