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Sports Camp Brings Dad’s Dream to Life

July 7, 2010

Kandy Holt is bringing her dad’s dream to life this week.

A while ago, Kenneth Stipes, shared with his daughter his dream of holding a sports camp for children that would teach them about sportsmanship and Godly behavior on the field. And, hey, why not get them up and moving too. Just a few months after Kenneth shared his vision he passed away. So Kandy has picked up the mantle.

Cross Train Sports Camp is being hosted by Graveston Baptist Church, with support from Corryton Church and Fairview Baptist Church. Designed for kids age five through 8th grades, the camp covers a number of sports and activities: football, baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, and cheerleading. The camp is led by coaches from local high schools and recreational sports leagues.

More than 180 young people are taking part in Cross Train Sports Camp this week at Graveston Baptist Church. A variety of sports and great featured speakers are part of this active week.

Every evening this week, more than 180 kids gather together for a brief prayer and then break out into their respective sports, where they run drills and learn new plays and techniques. At “halftime,” the kids huddle up for a snack and to hear from local sports celebrities, including former UT football coach Phil Fulmer and Ritchie Beeler, the voice of the Gibbs High School Eagles. On Thursday, Mike Turner, offensive coordinator for the Carson Newman College Eagles football team will speak. Each speaker shares his experience and talks about the importance of having a relationship with God. After half-time, they head back out for another 50 minutes or so of drills and one-on-one work with their coaches.

Camp ends on Friday with a family night, a big blow-out celebration with a cookout and an opportunity for parents to see what the kids have been doing all week.

I love the sports camp concept. Hat tip to my friend Terri Brooks for telling me about it. This is a great example of the community coming together to promote exercise, physical activity and sportsmanship to young people. At a time when one in three young people are being diagnosed with adult onset diabetes as a result of obesity, we all need to come together to promote healthy habits, good nutrition and physical activity.

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  1. Thanks so much, my friend, for sharing Kandy and her Dad’s dream with your readers. We have had an awesome week at camp. Kids are learning great sports skills and about 20 sweet souls accepted Christ into their heart tonight!

    We’re all looking forward to the Family Fun Night on Friday!

    Terri 🙂

  2. Rosemary permalink

    Thank you to all the area churches who brought this to our community! I hope it continues to grow and become one of the most anticipated events of summer. It has been well organized and fun for the children. We have so many bible schools in our area ( she has attended several already this summer), but she is a true tom-boy who loves softball. What a way to reach children who are sports minded!

  3. Melissa permalink

    I have had the awesome opportunity to be inolved with Cross Training Sports Camp as a coach. I have absolutely loved it. The children had such a great attitude all week long learning about their favorite sport while learning more about God. What an incredible combination!!!!!

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