Ellerbes expect ‘best camp yet’

File photo Dannell Ellerbe will play host to his fourth annual youth football camp July 11 at Richmond Senior.

ROCKINGHAM — Organizers of the annual Dannell Ellerbe Football Camp knew there was a problem and they were eager to solve it.

Two years ago, there were long lines at the registration tables and several campers didn’t get T-shirts. Organizers knew they needed to make some improvements.

They reached out to members of the Richmond Senior Beta Club to help man the registration tables and make sure only campers or camp workers received T-shirts. Ellerbe said the lines were shorter and things were much “smoother” last year.

But things can always improve said Ellerbe’s wife, Shervella. She said there won’t be any major changes like there was a year ago, but believes one small tweak will help get campers through the registration lines even faster next month.

“As soon as the T-shirts come in, I will start putting them into a bag they receive at registration,” Shervella Ellerbe said. “If I don’t have them all done, I will take them to the meeting we have on the 10th and the Beta Club can help out. They did a magnificent job last year.”

She said the reason they reached out to Beta Club advisers Suzanne Hudson and Kate O’Neill to have their members assist with the event was to show the campers there is more than just being an athlete.

This is something Dannell Ellerbe also addresses at the end of his camp. He tells the attendees it is just as important to be a good student as it is to be a good football, baseball, basketball player or to excel in whatever sport they elected to participate in.

Even though there have been a few growing pains through the years, Shervella added each year it gets a little easier to organize the camp, but it is not something they wait until the last minute to put together.

“The first camp was really hard,” Shervella Ellerbe said. “We already laid the foundation, so we have something to stand on. I have a feeling this is going to be the best camp yet.”

This year’s camp is set to begin 9 a.m. July 11 on the practice football fields at Richmond Senior High School. The camp will run until 12:45 p.m.

To enroll in this year’s camp, visit www.usafootball.com/fun. Under “Find a Clinic,” type Dannell Ellerbe into the search window. Click on “Register” when Ellerbe’s camp information appears.

New users must create an account to register for the camp. All information must completely filled out in order to process the registration. An email confirmation will be sent to the enrollees.

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