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Canes lend hand at camp
Children learn football basics at two-day CYSS event
Hurricanes volunteers pose for a group shot. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

The Hinesville Hurricanes semi-professional football team players, always looking to support the community — especially the youngsters, shared their expertise with children Friday and Saturday during a football camp hosted by Fort Stewart’s CYSS.

Craig Crawford, youth fitness coordinator at CYSS, said they normally run strength and conditioning clinics but opted for hands-on sessions this year.

"We offered the two-day clinic and let the Hurricanes help us out," he said. "It’s great for the kids. It’s good fun. They get to socialize and they get a chance to practice some drills and new things that will help them get ready for the upcoming season."

Crawford said CYSS always partners with the Hurricanes, who use the field on Fort Stewart for their pre-season games and to pay tribute to military families.

"They are always here for us, so we are always here for them. The kids absolutely love them," the coordinator said.

"I coached about 14 years on Fort Stewart so I and the team wanted to continue the relationship," Hurricanes head coach James Sharp said. "We enjoy working with Fort Stewart. We are trying to teach them the fundamentals and hopefully they’ll have a good season based on some of the things they learned here."

Next Level Sports Consulting in Savannah sponsored the camp. Owner and President Derrick Butler said they had a good turnout and the children and camp assistants had a wonderful time.

"You know the most important thing is to have them develop some sportsmanship and to build character at the same time," Butler said.

The businessman, who played at Georgia Southern for four years and was an All-American, said his company primarily works with high school athletes and their families through the college-recruitment process.

Read the complete story in Sunday's Coastal Courier.

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