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Summer football camps show the heart of coaches
BY WAU PITT
The East Winston community has a
rich history of giving back to their resi
dents. This is never more evident than with
the coaches of the Winston-Salem Ravens
Youth Football Program.
The organization is holding free sum
mer camps every week fo regardless of
what team they will be playing for in the
fall .The only tiling needed to participate in
this camp is a love for football and the
desire to playthe game the right way.
The purpose of the camp is simple:
installing proper fundamentals, footwork
and safe play in players no matter their age
or experience .Anthony McNeil, aka
Coach Boomey, told The Chronicle,
"We're here to teach the kids the funda
mentals of football, have fun, safe play
and jusln 2013, USA Football rolled out its
"Heads-up football program" as a compre
hensive solution tohelp make the game
better and safer. This is a concept the
coaches at this camp clearly believein as
you could hear coaches from every age
group yelling out "Heads up, keep your
heads up"as they moved through each drill
I wanna just teach the youth the right
way to play. You know, we get a lot of crit
icism for noreason, people not wanting to
play us, and we're just looking to change
the way they see us "said coach Antwon
Mitchell, former Carver High School and
North Carolina Central University
Football player who has his three sons par
ticipating in the camp. "I push them, but
you know they got the drive to wanna be
good on their own, too."
Antwon Rucker, coach of the Ravens
junior pee wee team, stressed the organiza
tion's desire to not only teach the kids the
game of football but also to help them as
they grow individually.
"We're just here to uplift these boys
and make sure they learn football, we're
here to give back
man, make sure to keep them off the
streets and give them something positive
to do and help them build on their future."
After some stretching, the kids were
broken up into age groups where the older
kids practicedproper tackling techniques,
ran running drills with a parachute and
fine tuned their ball recognition skills
while the younger kids were focusing on
the fundamentals of footworkjeaming the
2 and 3-point stances and keeping their
heads up coming off the line at the snap
Michael Jordan, a player on the
Ravens team, told The Chronicle why he
loved football and the Ravens. "I like the
hitting and I like the fundamentals," he
His teammate Justin Covington quick
ly inteijected, "Touchdowns! celebra
tions!" to which Michael quickly agreed.
They also sent a message to their oppo
nents, saying to look out for The Ravens
and theywould be undefeated this year,
and of course they took a moment to "dab
on 'em" just tohammer the point home.
Many of the coaches have faced the
same struggles in their lives that are await
ing many ofthese kids, and they are deter
mined to share their experiences in an
effort to keep these kids onthe right path.
"I made a lot of bad decisions after my
youth football career that didn't allow me
to continue[playing football]. I just want to
stay with the kids and give back as much
as I can," said Johnny Webster, or Coach
Jew, as he is affectionately known.
"These kids I've been coaching since
they were 6-U. They're 10 and 11 years
old right now. I'vebeen coaching these
kids for a long time, and I have nothing but
good things to say about them. They're all
special in their own way."
The Winston-Salem Ravens are hold
ing these free camps every Sunday of the
summer, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the
fields at Paisley Middle School.
Stay tuned for more stories and videos
featuring the Winston-Salem Ravens in the
coming issues of The Chronicle.
Players learn the basics of stances in a free summer football camp.
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Coretta Bigalow and Denise Alston put together a golf outing with 11 of their
Braxton sinks hole
in one at the lake
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
Anyone that plays the game of golf can vouch for the elusive dream of a hole-in-one.
You dream about what your victory dance and reaction will be. And on Saturday, June
24, at Winston Lake Golf Course, Walt Braxton did what many golfers dream about. He
had a hole-in-one on the Par 3 #16 at 143 yards.
He was part of a golf outing that Coretta Bigalow and Denise Alston put together
with 11 of their friends. The group plays regularly together at various courses throughout
A foursome with the group, DD. Adams, Larry Brown, Doug McCorkle and
Braxton were preparing for the #16 tee box. Braxton was up first to hit. He pulled a club
from his bag and said, "I'm gonna do something a little un-orthodox." Braxton had
decided to use his 9 iron verses the usual 8 iron. He struck the ball and his friends began
to comment immediately when the ball left the clubface, "Great shot, good looking
ball." McCorkle said, "And the crowd is going wild!"
Then a sight that you can only dream about happens. The ball was on line all the way,
hit about a foot behind the flag and spun back to the hole.
Shouts of "It's in the hole!" came fi-om everyone.
Braxton did "WOO!" like a Rick Flair the wrestler, several times and strutted about
the tee box in his excitement.
He has now defied the odds of 12,500 to 1 to become one of the ones.
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