Trio keeps helping area youth
By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — For the last three years, three men willingly surrendered two Saturdays each month to try and give something back to the community.
Now the trio has expanded their labor of love to every Tuesday night as well as every other Saturday and even have a place they use on a regular basis — the old Leak Street High School.
Robert David Sr., Chavis Everett and Shawn Everett Sr. started their project to help their children and others improve on the athletic fields, courts and diamonds.
Shawn Everett said the roots of their workouts are working on a person's core to help them with their balance and footwork. He added they will use several unusual objects to help achieve their goals — ropes, tires, sledgehammers, sleds, sandbags and medicine balls.
Their program isn't limited to just Richmond County residents. One of their pupils helped the Marlboro County (S.C.) football team advance to the state championship game last weekend.
“We can only help if someone shows up,” Shawn Everett said. “They don't even have to met us halfway, just as long as they are serious when they get here.”
Unlike specialized coaches which can charge several hundreds of dollars for workouts like these, the group does it all for free because they “want to give back to their community.”
They have scheduled Joey Hannant, the strength and conditioning coach at UNC Pembroke, to address their students at 6 p.m. today.
The trio doesn't end their efforts with making sure their pupils become the best they can be in athletics, but in other walks of life as well, especially in the classroom.
In unison they talk about how they see players go from Friday Night Lights to standing on street corners the following season. And because of this, they want to create a change in the culture.
“We see the kids go all out on the football field or court then after their senior year they don't go any further,” Chavis Everett said. “It's very frustrating. You have to really sit them down and see what they want to do. You don't want to crush anyone's dreams, but a small percentage will become professional athletes.
“You have to encourage them to get an education to fall back on. You have to tell them even if you don't become a pro, you are still successful because you have an education.”
Shawn Everett chimed in and added the groundwork has to be set in place sooner rather than later.
“You have to have a plan during your junior year,” he said. “You can't wait until your senior year because you have to know what you want to do when your high school career is over.”
Since being allowed to utilize the facilities at the old Leak Street High School, the trio has enlisted a certified tutor, Hazel Robinson, to help their students with their classwork.
David said he knew when he and the others started this adventure, it would have to hook their students with the workouts.
“We knew it would be popular because it's athletics based,” David said. “Once we got them in, then we could work on the academic part.
“This is what I live for. This is why I moved back 13 years ago with a plan on changing the community.”
The trio hope the program will decrease the number for former Richmond Senior players Chavis Everett sees at his job as an adult probation and parole officer.
“As long as they're chasing the ball everyone loves them,” Chavis Everett said. “Once they stop chasing the ball, nobody wants to deal with them anymore.”
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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