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Starting with a Prayer

Since the mid-2000s, a sign of the football season approaching in Flag City has been the annual trip of the Millington Trojans to First Baptist Church. Last week the 2012 edition of about 60 players camped in the gymnasium of the church for three days. Head Coach Chris Michael and his staff conducted two-a-day practices and volunteers made sure the players were feed body and spirit. Around 2005, then Head Coach Hank Hawkins worked with youth minister Drew Murphy to organize a football camp that would allow the student/athletes a chance to fellowship with the community, bond with teammates and get a chance to understand the playbook. “It started from there,” Michael said. “Then the FCA has teamed up with the church the last three or four years. The church has been so gracious and making sure we have everything we need. All we have to do is show up.” On the grounds of the church, the Trojans worked on formations and conditioning. Inside the church the players and managers were treated to large spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The players rested in the gymnasium. They had a chance to play games and joke around as nearly 60 roommates. Booster Club members and volunteers were on hand to help keep order, supply the buffet lines and keep the players on schedule. The church and Fellowship of Christian Athlete workers provided shirts sand Bibles for the players and managers. Since the camp has started the Trojans have had a winning record, won three regular-season league titles, sent players to the Division I level and had a Mr. Football in Tausean Holmes. Michael said he wants his players to realize this camp is a way the community gives back to the program. “What they have to realize this is much bigger than playing football,” he concluded. “Children today have such a tunnel vision and can’t see 10 seconds ahead of themselves. This camp I hope will show them this is bigger. They are a part of a program, which is an important entity in this community.”

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