Sports Briefs: Dannell Ellerbe’s 7th annual football camp

Ellerbe’s 7th annual camp

ROCKINGHAM — Two-time Super Bowl champion Dannell Ellerbe, a Hamlet native, will be hosting his seventh annual camp on the Richmond Senior High School practice football fields next Saturday, July 14.

From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., children ages 6-17 will be taught the fundamentals of the game — the correct ways to pass, catch and carry the ball, and also run routes — by Ellerbe and a group of his friends and former teammates.

Those who weren’t able to pre-register online will still be able to participate, as there will be a one-hour window on the morning of the camp (8-9 a.m.) for those interested to sign up. Breakfast will be served during morning registration.

“We don’t see too many pro athletes come back down here. I know I didn’t see it when I was coming up,” Ellerbe said following his 2016 camp. “(I want to) give hope to the kids … and help build a foundation for them to be successful.”

2nd annual All S.T.A.R. camp

ROCKINGHAM — Children ages 6 to 14 will get the opportunity to develop their on-the-field skills at the second annual All S.T.A.R. Academy Baseball Training Camp at Rockingham Middle School — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — next Saturday, July 14.

Anthony Hailey, co-founder of the All S.T.A.R. Academy organization, says campers can expect to learn proper throwing mechanics, hitting techniques and footwork, as well as how to field the ball and better their hand-eye coordination.

The one-day camp helps the organization raise funds for gear, trips to different sporting events around the state, and more. Last year, the group was able to attend the Carolina Panthers’ Fan Fest and a Winston-Salem Dash baseball game.

For cost and other information, contact Hailey by phone at 910-461-5243 or by email at [email protected]

‘In Tha Heat’ returns next week

ROCKINGHAM — The inaugural “In Tha Heat” sports summer camp, run by local coach and trainer Errol Hood, will return to Falling Creek Park next week. The camp will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hood says the idea isn’t so much about teaching the youth how to play the different sports, as it is to just “increase the awareness of sports” and get the children in the community to be active.

“I just wanted to get the kids — my kids, too — to do something. Ever since the little game Fortnite came out, all they’ve been doing is sitting on the couch,” he explained. “Kids don’t go outside to play any more. They’re stuck in the house online all day, so you want to get them out and playing some old-school games.”

For more cost and more information, contact Hood by phone at 910-331-6896 or on Facebook at “Errol Nathaniel Hood.”

Cross country teams ready to start

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond’s boys and girls cross country teams will begin their summer workouts next Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at Hinson Lake. In order to participate, runners must have a physical either on file or ready to turn in.

Head boys coach Reggie Miller will be joined this fall by new girls head coach Shellie Wimpey, who coached the school’s volleyball team to back-to-back conference championships (2016-17) and has been an assistant for the school’s softball team that has also won consecutive conference titles.

For more information, contact Miller at 910-206-1914 or Wimpey 910-723-5463.