From July 11 to 12, the Complete QB and Complete Wideout camps will take place at St. Pius X. This will be the next installment of the camps and one of the few in this part of the country.
For the sixth year, the Complete QB camp with be in Atlanta to instruct players entering the fourth grade all the way up to those beginning their final year of high school. Hudson Catholic High (N.J.) offensive coordinator and Complete QB founder and director Chris Johnston will conduct.
“Historically, Georgia is such a great football area and we found that we were getting request from folks that we bring our camp to Atlanta,” Johnston said. “The response and turnout has been great.”
Johnston also spoke highly about the benefits of having this event at St. Pius.
“The facility at St. Pius X is really perfect for us because it’s got the space for us,” Johnston said. “There is an element of what we do in the classroom on the board and there is space for that as well.”
Not only will the participants be on the field working on passing and catching mechanics and footwork but they will get to see videos of their performances.
“Every kid who comes to camp gets the chance to have themselves reviewed from a biomechanics standpoint in the classroom on the big screen,” Johnston said. “That is something the kids get a lot of enjoyment out of.”
According to www.completeqb.com, there will be four sessions conducted on the field and three classroom sessions.
“We put a lot of emphasis on classroom time, not so much of a lecture environment but an interactive, seminar-style environment depending on the age group about how to understand what you see defensively,” Johnston said. “How to design plays and execute offensive strategies based on what the defense gives you.”
Johnston said he expects he and his staff will instruct at least 75 campers.
“It’s a good number to be at because the kids feel like they are involved in something on a grand scales [then] it is small enough for us to be able to not lose that element of individual attention,” Johnston said.
For more information on the camp such as day-by-day instructions and schedules, visit www.completeqb.com and www.completewideout.com.
Last Saturday, Henry County celebrated its fourth annual Olympic Day at the J.P. Moseley Recreation Center in Stockbridge.
Boxing trainer Xavier Toliver, who attended the event last year, and Alcovy High assistant track and field coach Glenroy Hodge, a silver medalist winner at the Pan-American Games, were both on hand to offer words of wisdom and instruction about their respective sports.
“I hope to teach the different techniques of boxing and basically show people that boxing is an art and a science but it is also about conditioning and discipline because you got to be in shape,” Toliver said. “You got to train and work hard. If you do all of those things then you can be a good boxer.”
Toliver also brought along amateur boxers Bo Cullens, Christian Dominguez and Abdoulaye Diop to show how a training session is conducted.
“I was showing the proper way to throw a jab along with mixing in other combinations with the jab,” Toliver said. “If you are able to throw a good jab then you are able to work everything else off the jab. If a fighter doesn’t have a jab in boxing, then they don’t have anything. The jab is the foundation.”
With his fighting career on hold, Toliver, who last fought in 2012, mainly spends his time training Cullens, Dominguez, Diop and others at Bangkok Boxing in Atlanta.
“Christian has all the skills and what it takes to be a really good boxer,” Toliver said. “I’m just honing his skills and hoping to have him in a tournament this month.”
If Dominguez fights this month, it will be his first bout. Cullens has yet to fight and Diop lost a Golden Glove contest last year.
“I’m just trying to store confidence in these guys and show them what it takes to be a good fighter,” Toliver said. “I think I’m doing a good job and they are really getting it.”
As far as adding to his 23-9 with 15 knockouts, Toliver said he hasn’t officially retired and that door is still open, even though he will be 35 years old this month.
“I’m leaning towards making a comeback,” Toliver said. “It’s just that boxing is a business and, for me, it’s about if it makes sense financially, then I will box.”
McDonough resident Kevina Franklin, who is also a boxing official, organized the event.
Henry County residents can celebrate Independence Day Saturday with all-day events in Hampton.
The day will kick off with the fifth annual Firecracker 5K and 10K Road Race benefitting Henry County Special Olympics at Nash Farm Battlefield, 100 Babbs Mill Road.
“Last year we hadabout 430 runners who participated during the Firecracker Road Race and we’re hoping to have a ton more to support our great, Special Olympics athletes in our county,” said county therapeutic recreational coordinator Terry Nash.
The event will begin at 8 a.m. and runners will make their way around a 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile running path that winds throughout the farm.
A tot trot will also be available and free for children ages six and younger.
Registration is $25 for individual runners participating in the 5K and $30 for individual runners participating in the 10K with discounts offered for groups of six or more runners.
Participants can register online at www.getsetgrow.com or on the day of the event between 6:45 and 7:45 a.m.
Later in the afternoon, the fun will continue on the farm with a Fourth of July Extravaganza featuring fireworks and much more.
“We’ll also be having a live band, a car and motorcycle show, a kid’s play area with inflatables, zip-lining, hay rides, festival foods, bingo tournaments, craft vendors, a beer garden and more,” said Museum Coordinator Bill Dodd.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. with fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Dodd said about 3,000 people attended the event last year and the farm is expecting a similar turnout this year.
Visit www.hcfireworks.com for more information.
Entrance is $20 per vehicle with up to six passengers and $35 for vehicles with up to 10 passengers.
The city of Hampton will be hosting a hometown parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street featuring floats, local dignitaries, antique cars and fire trucks, bicycles and the Bearcreek bear mascot, which represents Hampton’s original city name.
After the parade, citizens can head to Bobby McBrayer City Park, 10 Central Ave., with blankets, chairs and picnics in tow for the annual July Festival Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It will feature family friendly entertainment including games, live music, a watermelon-eating contest and the park’s splash pad.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1HqJP5i.
Want to go? Firecracker 5K, 8 a.m.; Extravaganza, 2 p.m., Nash Farm Battlefield, 100 Babbs Mill Road, Hampton City of Hampton parade 10 a.m., festival, 11 a.m., Main Street and Bobby McBrayer City Park, 10 Central Ave.
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