Camp participants, session 1, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Photo provided.Camp participants, session 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Photo provided.Camp participants, session 3, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Photo provided.Kiersten Wright and her sister Megan are campers that missed the group photo.Kiersten Wright and her sister Megan are campers that missed the group photo.

Successful sports speed camp held

Coach Ron’s 2017 Sports Speed Development Camp was held at Jonesboro Grade School on June 12-15.

Ninety-four campers registered for the four-day event with an average attendance of 90 athletes.

The campers’ ages ranged from incoming 2nd graders to outgoing 8th graders.

The camp was divided into three sessions: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Each session had enrollments of 30 to 32 campers. Each 90 minute session was then divided into two groups. Willie Smith would then work with one group and Coach Ron another, giving each coach approximately 15 campers for 45 minutes. Both coaches emphasized the importance of speed, reaction and quickness that is a fundamental in every sport.

The agenda of activities include the following, but not limited to: Frisbee throws, Z-ball drills, get-ups, relays, loose ball drills, passing drills, ladder drills, accelerator drills, resistors and hurdles/ladders.

Each camper received a t-shirt and their parents/guardians received a copy of Coach Ron’s second book: Cross Country and How to Succeed in Sports and Life.

Those Who Attended

Those attending the camp included:

Trevor Fox, Caden Cerney, Natilyn Corbit, Jadyn Gerardi, Brooke Sheffer, Kylie Dillow, Parker Benefield, Beckett Thorpe, Hayden Staples, Gage Roach, Eli Laminack, Adalyn Suggs, Shooter Belcher, Kaleb Gore, Amelia Marshall, John Robert Wright, Triston Brown, Easton Corbit, Hunter Craft, Cooper Knueven, Mikayla Skelton, Kaysee Benefield, Mya Clutts, Mason Dunn, Zachary Spurlock, Blake Abernathy, Jennah Harrel, Carson Smith, Trevor Treece, Smith Wilson, Tyler Gore, Kaleb Stover.

Kenzie Stover, Blake Dillow, Logan Abernathy, Kacey Pearl, Kenzie Miller, Kylee Myers, Adyson Roberts, Daylon Butler, Reagan Jones, Brinley Corbit, Cash Hankins, Foster Needling, Clayton Smith, Aaron Sheffer, Bryan Wright III, Aidan McFadden, Maddox Miller, Sophie Smiley, Nick Lingle, Reese Jones, Zoe Jones, Paxten Roberts, Tess Wilkins, Hallie Black, Emily Kacinski, Jack Smith, Landon Brown, John Turner.

Henry Hoehner, Matti Houseman, Meranda Wright, Ethan Carver, Jaydon Roberts, Brylen Suggs, Megan Wright, Kristin Edmonds, Reese Belcher, Marlee Smith, Matthew Duncan, Cadence Black, Jonathan Mattheis, Danielle Dunaway, Brett Smith, Campbell Belcher, Kaylee Stover, JJ Gerardi, Savana Rambeau, Kiersten Wright, Stuart Busby, Mason Miller, Nathan Kaufman, Shea Thorn, Nathan Hubbs, Jake Tally, Nate Belcher, Payton Roberts, Marissa Turner, Pierce Chapman, Chris Wright.

Appreciation Voiced

Coach Ron said thank you to the following coaches: Britt Roberts, Zach Overstreet, Tori Ehlers, and to Bob Carter for his continued excellence with the camp photography. Thank you to the Jonesboro Community Consolidated School District No. 43 and the Board of Education for the use of their fine school facility.

The coaches, parents, grandparents, Willie Smith, Coach Ron and the assistant coaches and the student athletes wishes to thank Tom Stark, principal, and the secretarial staff for the use of their facility, Also a special thank you to Diane Kratz, for assisting with t-shirts, enrolling and opening and closing the gym each day.

Mission Statement

Besides learning the fundamental aspects of athletics, the program encourages involvement in community and extracurricular activities to benefit child development in sports.

The program of speed, agility, quickness and basketball builds lifelong relationships with adults through mentoring and other activities with emphasis on one-on-one interactions.

Students in the camp come from schools in Union, Johnson and Williamson County.

Students had the opportunity to build relationships and camaraderie with other students outside of their own schools.

“Thank you parents and grandparents for helping make the camp a very successful one,” Coach Ron said.


Coach Ron wishes to thank the following for their financial support and assistance with the Sports Speed Development Camp: Bob Lyerla, Jon and Joyce Lutz; Edward M. Smith; Dr. Larry Peterson; Joyce Kilmer, Zach, Tracy and Steve Overstreet; Carter Photography; Diane Kratz; Sam O’Neal, Save-A-Lot; Paula Fulenwider and Britt and Tia Roberts.

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