Football, cheerleading event starting Saturday

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By Robert Allen

Leroy Smith and Diamonds in the Rough are presenting the fourth annual Win-Win Football and Cheerleading camp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Corry Athletic Field on West King Street in Quincy. 

Win-Win stands for, “What’s important now work is necessary.” 

“This is going to be a fun time,” said Smith, a Shanks graduate and former cornerback for the Chicago Bears and Florida State University. He runs the camp as a way to communicate lessons about personal potential, hard work and resulting rewards. Football and cheerleading, according to Smith, are simply the means he knows best for teaching these concepts.

“You can’t be a football player forever — so what kind of person are you going to be internally?” asked Smith. 

The local athlete said he is fighting an “entitlement epidemic.”

“It’s a continual effort to be a winner,” said Smith. “You can’t just say I am going to be a winner for one day.”

Smith said he would like to see youth from his hometown looking for ways to work harder and go further — rather than ever allowing a government agency to determine their income. 

“Your environment does not limit your potential,” said Smith. “Lack of work ethic and education will.”

For children interested in football, the camp will include skill development and a 7-on-7 tournament. For children interested in cheerleading, the camp will include cheer techniques, dance, chants, tumbling and a mini-sheer competition. 

Professional football players and Florida State University cheerleaders will be there to instruct the participants. 

Only 300 spots are available. Food will be provided. 

A health day for parents will also be available including Zumba, dance, fit class, chiropractors, masseuses, and health and wellness vendors. Parent health day costs $10 for participants and $5 for general admission. 

A tailgate-style meet-and-greet event will “kick-off” the event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 11 at the Hampton Inn at 165 Spooner Road in Quincy. For information, call 850-210-3958. 

All participants must register for the event and sign a waiver. They can do this at the meet and greet July 11.