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Youth sports fitness camps offered here this summer

By Lindsey Campbell
Winning Edge Athlete Development will be offering a youth sports fitness camp at Ralph Stout Park this summer. The camp is open to youth ages eight and older. The camp will offer physical training and long-term wellness information.
“This camp offers an opportunity for kids in the area to come out and learn different things about nutrition, injury prevention, as well as working on speed, strength, and agility,” said Adam Cranford, camp coordinator. The camp will run from June 4 – July 20 every Tuesday and Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. Participants will be trained and educated on an array of activities to increase specialized skill sets that will help in their athletic events. Cranford assured that “kids will see results if they come out.”
Cranford, a Johnson County native, started the camp in 2004 when he worked at the Boys & Girls Club in Elizabethton, Tenn. Now he is a professional sports trainer, working with athletes of all ages. This will be the third time the fitness camp is offered in Johnson County.
The goal is to offer kids an opportunity that is not normally available in Johnson County. “This is what kids would normally have to drive to Knoxville or Johnson City to get, we’re trying to bring it to them, bring it to their backyard,” Cranford said. “It’s an opportunity I wish I had growing up in Mountain City.”
Cranford played football for Coach Atwood, and he also played college football at ETSU. He wants Johnson County to do well against every team they face. He knows it will take hard work and dedication to get there, he also said it would take more than giving the “bare minimum.”
The camp is designed for athletes, but others are welcome. The camp aims to help the participants excel physically and as a team, but Cranford said he wants them to carry what they learn about hard work and dedication and use it not only in sports, but also in their careers and lives as well. Entire teams are encouraged to attend because the work ethic as a unit will increase. According to Cranford, the teams who participate in the camp show increased performance on the field. In past camps, Cranford said the results have been positive. Most participants gained in the areas of focus. Among these are speed, strength, agility, coordination and endurance.
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