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Local coach gives back to Triad youth

Coach Rodney McKoy (standing and dressed in black) addresses participants and families.

Local coach gives back to Triad youth
August 04
06:25 2016

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A group of Triad youth participated in the redeveloped Twin City Football Camp. The youth camp originated back in the 1990s, but was discontinued after a few years. Coach Rodney McKoy, a Winston Salem native, Carver High School and WSSU football standout, reenergized the youth camp with over 200 daily participants.  The three-day football camp was offered free of charge to Triad youth, with ages ranging from five to fifteen. The spirited event was held at Winston Salem’s Ray Agnew Field from July 11 – 15.

McKoy’s motivation in reintroducing the Twin City Football Camp to the community is his need to “give back to this area” that has done so much for him. Coach McKoy also sees a need in our community for more youth to be exposed early to the basic fundamentals of football. Many of these activities are offered in the community at a cost; however, the expense and location for a number of participants can be a tremendous barrier.

In addition to football techniques, the camp offered character development. Speakers from the community that assisted in this event included Antonio “Tiny” Stevenson, Reginald “Reggie” Dandy, Robert Hill, Foster Wilkins, and Steve Wilkes. At the completion of the camp, Coach McKoy closed the session emphasizing life skills, and each participant was awarded a medal, tee shirt and healthy nutritious snacks.

This football camp was supported by Reggie Green of Dummit Fradin Attorneys at Law, John Troy Witherspoon, Premier Design Builders, Foster Wilkins, ProtectYourSkull.com, and Nard Green, Director of Winston Salem Tiny Indians Organization. In addition, a special note of thanks was given to the coaches and individuals who provided monetary support and time in contributing to the success of this tremendous event.  Based on this year’s success, and with continued community support, Coach McKoy plans to offer this football camp on annually.

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