Kids can play with the stars at LSHOF’s Junior Training Camp

Kids who dream of playing in the pros – or, kids who just love to play – can get registered now for the free Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Junior Training Camp next Saturday morning.

Parents can visit the website, or call 318-238-4255, to complete a registration and waiver form for the JTC, which provides two hours of full throttle fun alongside Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame members and NSU coaches.

The camp runs from 9-11 a.m., starting with registration between 8-9 a.m. at the Webb Wellness and Recreation Center (WRAC) gymnasium. At 9 a.m., campers get introduced to the sports stars who will be coaching them for the next two hours, inside focusing on basketball skills, and outside at Turpin Stadium, with football instruction.

Kids ages 7-17 are welcomed. The registration and waiver form should be filled out before next Saturday. The camp is open until filled to 300 capacity and anyone who registers after capacity is reached will be on a waiting list.

The event is presented by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Every camper gets a free T-shirt and a coupon for a meal at Raisin’ Canes. Photos from the camp will be posted on the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Facebook page.

The goals of the JTC are simple – a fun, and thrilling, experience for the kids, free of charge; skills instruction from some of the best to ever play, or coach, the games; and promotion of health lifestyles and positive life choices.

The campers are separated into two groups. One stays inside for the first hour for basketball instruction, while the other is next door at Turpin Stadium, having football fun and getting individual skill instruction. The groups switch locations in the second half of the camp.

The kids will enjoy a star-studded lineup of celebrity coaches, including:

New Orleans Saints all-time receiving leader Marcus Colston;

The most decorated defensive player in LSU football history, Glenn Dorsey, a nine-year NFL veteran;

Major League Baseball All-Star infielder Rickie Weeks, the college baseball player of the year for the Southern Jaguars before 14 big league seasons;

LSU basketball All-American and NBA sharpshooter Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, formerly Chris Jackson during his college days with the Tigers;

36-time NCAA championship-winning track and field coach Pat Henry, who built LSU’s powerhouse program;

One of the 11 greatest pitchers in college softball history, Courtney Blades Rogers.

Several past Hall of Fame inductees are also expected to be there.

Parents are welcome to watch, and take photos and video.

The website has the full schedule for the Induction Celebration next Thursday through Saturday night.

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