The Southern Stokes Jr. Sauras, formerly the Walnut Cove Wildcats, are hosting their annual football and cheer camp Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Lion’s Park this week. More than 50 kids turned out Monday for the weeklong event.
“The number one thing is to continue to get in football shape because we start the season next week,” said team football president Jason Leake. “We have been trying to feel out some kids and positions they may play and get them to start training in those areas. We can also use this week for conditioning, according to the AAU rules. We need 10 hours of conditioning time and we can get that knocked out this week.”
The Jr. Sauras have incorporated a new program called “Feed the Beast” this summer for football and cheerleading. Athletes are slated to go through position drills and conditioning practices to get ready for the upcoming season. They are looking to build on success from last year and hope to make the AAU state playoffs. Both football and cheerleading programs have an opportunity to compete at the state and national levels during post season play.
“We have been averaging 30 to 35 kids each day during Feed the Beast,” Leake said. “It has gone well. We’re hoping to field 6U, 8U, 10U and 12U teams this season. The kids have learned different positions and we have actually started working with some basic fundamentals in each position with them. We’re just trying to get them accustomed to what we will be doing when the season begins.”
Monday drew in a strong number of cheerleaders, the most this season, according to cheer president Tamara Mitchell, who is entering her second year with the organization.
“We have had girls missing because of vacation and other plans, but I’m really happy with the turnout tonight. Practice doesn’t officially start until August 1, so I hope more will come out either later this week or the first day of practice. Several things come to mind that we want the girls to accomplish this week which include team building, self-confidence, and meeting new friends. We want it to be a positive atmosphere and for them to try and create a sisterhood among them.”
For more information on the Southern Stokes Jr. Sauras visit their website at www.ssjrsauras.com or email them at email@example.com.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.