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Refuge Student Ministries hosts football camp

October 3, 2011

Area youth this weekend will have the opportunity to learn basic football skills in a Christian like setting.

The Refuge Student Ministries will be hosting a 'Football Camp for Christ' Saturday Oct 8, at the Jesse E. Harmon Sports Complex.

Organizer Jud Robinson said for awhile he wanted to organize a three sport weekend camp for football, basketball and baseball, but decided to instead split them up over the course of several months to coincide with the seasons. The football camp however won't be just for football players, cheerleaders are also invited to attend as well as anyone who wants to get involved.

Youth minster, Corey Lockett of Columbus will be in attendance as the guest speaker along with several members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from Oak Hill Academy and West Point High School. Robinson said with all the support already on board, he hopes to have a pretty good turnout.

"We've already handed out well over 1,000 flyers to kids," he said. "We expect a really big turnout. Several parents have already called confirming their reservations and others have called to help volunteer."

There will be a meeting Thursday starting at 6:30 at the Refuge Church to discuss details about Saturday's camp which starts at 8 am.

"When I was growing up, I was able to go to camps for football and basketball and do baseball camps when I was little," Robinson said. "A lot of the kids in here in West Point aren't afforded that opportunity. They may come up and never attend a camp until they're in high school or to a team camp. This would be a very good opportunity for them to not only come out and actually learn about football, but it's an opportunity for us to talk to them about about Christ and the reason were able to do these things we get to do."

Robinson added that prizes will be given for people who show a Christ-like attitude throughout the camp. Robinson said he wasn't aware of any other camps like this in the area, but once this plan finally came into fruition he said it won't be the last.

"Hopefully the turnouts will grow more and more," he said.

Training sessions on both offense and defense will be available for youth ages 6-12 from 8-11 on Saturday. Registration starts at 8:30. Coaches and volunteers are encouraged to get there about 7:30. Sunday there will be an awards presentation at the Refuge Church starting at 3 pm.

This is first of hopefully many camps that will be in the area to support the Refuge Student Ministries who already do a lot of outreach projects.

"This is a way for us to reach out to not only the kids that play football and want to do cheerleading, but their parents and everyone to see that Christ has enabled us to do these things," he said. "When your out on the field, of course your out there to win but your out there to exemplify Christ."

The Refuge will also be hosting the Tyson Lee 7-on-7 flag football tournament October 22 here in West Point.

For more information about the free camp or the football tournament, contact Robinson at 662-275-3059.

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