A new camp for young aspiring athletes has come to McMinnville and has plans to return. WAB Sports has partnered with the Young Men United to create an annual youth clinic to teach children ages 5 to sixth grade the fundamentals of different sports.
This youth clinic just wrapped up in McMinnville on Thursday with some success. WAB Sports founder Wayne Buckingham said, “If we can help one child, we are doing a good job.”
WAB Sports has done numerous clinics throughout South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Growing up in Bell Buckle, Buckingham is familiar with the Middle Tennessee area. Along with clinics, they also hold a Celebrity Golf Tournament where professional athletes play against participants in hopes of winning a cash prize. This tournament was held recently in Manchester at the WillowBrook Golf Course with Otis Nixon of the Atlanta Braves in attendance.
Buckingham said the camp will return to McMinnville next year with plans of bringing guest speakers to help coach the kids. Athletes from the NBA, WNBA, and the NFL have all participated in these clinics with WAB Sports including Jahidi White, Jurmaine Jones, and Dwight Stone.
“Some of these children started not knowing how to dribble, and now they know in only four days,” Buckingham said. “It’s all about what you teach.”
In these clinics, children are not only taught the fundamentals of basketball or football, but they’re taught about injuries, nutrition, and being a good teammate.
“We just want to make a change in the community,” said Buckingham. “The biggest thing is bringing the kids together.”
The clinics are free for any children in the Warren County area, and they receive a T-shirt, daily lunch, and skills they can use in reaching their athletic goals. A common favorite drill among participants was a game where they had to knock a basketball out of their opponent’s hand while keeping control of their own ball.
For more information on upcoming events or the clinic scheduled for next year, visit WAB Sports on Facebook or the website at wabsports.com.