Jr. Vikings kickoff football season

By Robert Money Jr. - rmoney@thestokesnews.com
The young athletes throw passing routes to teammates during camp held at North Stokes High. - Robert Money | The Stokes News
Coach Will Vaden holds the bag as Ty Easter practices defensive moves. - Robert Money | The Stokes News
Coach Crystal Nelson gives instructions to Jr. Viking cheerleaders during their annual camp. - Robert Money | The Stokes News
Jr. Viking varsity players push the sled during camp on Friday. - - Robert Money | The Stokes News

North Stokes Jr. Vikings kicked off the 2018 season last week with a five day camp for local football players and cheerleaders.

“Camp went really well, with a lot of new faces,” Jr. Viking football coach Will Vaden said. “The children really enjoyed the atmosphere, but I wish all the kids in this area would just come to camp one day so they all would be hooked.”

An estimated 50 players attended the evening sessions throughout the week.

“I hope the kids learned that football and cheer is not an individual sport, it’s a team sport where you work together and finish strong,” Vaden said. “Our goal is to build the kids up and help with the future of North Stokes. We want them to come together with one town, one team, and one beating heart.”

Cheer coach Crystal Nelson is entering her third year with the Jr. Vikings and welcomed 15 girls to camp. She stressed the importance of the girls having fun and being a part of a family atmosphere.

“We always look forward to seeing our returning Vikings and it’s very exciting to meet the new families,” Nelson said. “We struggle with our numbers, but once the kids and parents get a taste of what our program is about they can’t help but be a part of our family.”

The cheer coach emphasized teamwork and sportsmanship during the camp, while building confidence and pushing the girls to be their best. Last season their hard work paid off and the JV squad finished first during the Surry County Little League Football cheer competition.

Practice began this week for the Jr. Vikings and signs ups are still available. For more information contact Will Vaden at w.vaden@yahoo.com or Crystal Nelson at pitbullchick21@hotmail.com.

Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.

The young athletes throw passing routes to teammates during camp held at North Stokes High.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_NS-Camp-1.jpgThe young athletes throw passing routes to teammates during camp held at North Stokes High. Robert Money | The Stokes News

Coach Will Vaden holds the bag as Ty Easter practices defensive moves.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_NS-Camp-5.jpgCoach Will Vaden holds the bag as Ty Easter practices defensive moves. Robert Money | The Stokes News

Coach Crystal Nelson gives instructions to Jr. Viking cheerleaders during their annual camp.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_NS-Camp-7.jpgCoach Crystal Nelson gives instructions to Jr. Viking cheerleaders during their annual camp. Robert Money | The Stokes News

Jr. Viking varsity players push the sled during camp on Friday.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_NS-Camp-4.jpgJr. Viking varsity players push the sled during camp on Friday. Robert Money | The Stokes News

By Robert Money Jr.

rmoney@thestokesnews.com