LEARNING FROM LEGENDS: Jeremiah Castille to host free camp at Andy High

Published 12:05 am Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Jeremiah Castille Foundation, in partnership with the Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition and Andalusia High School, is bringing the Castille Character Camp to Andalusia High School on Friday. 

The free camp will be held at Andalusia High School starting at 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., followed by chapel from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m..

The camp will feature two exciting events designed for two different age groups.  Speed and agility camp will be offered in the morning hours for young athletes grades first through sixth 9 a.m. until 3 p.m..  This session is coached by Olympic gold medalist, Willie Smith. 

The second event is the football camp open to student seventh grade to 12th and will be coached by a variety of former and current NFL and Division 1 football players.

This portion of the camp start at 8 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m..  This session of the football camp is divided into four quarters. 

First quarter skills include 40 yard dash, 5-10- 5 L-drill, broad jump and ultimate obstacle course.  Second quarter will feature speed and agility drills, followed by half-time and the “Character Corner.” 

During half-time, the coaches will share their own personal testimonies and inspirational stories of their journeys getting to where they are today.

After lunch, the third quarter will feature position training and finally, the fourth quarter includes Flag Football and Longest Yard Game. 

Following the camp, participants will attend chapel from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m..  Here the campers will receive their camp T-shirts and have them autographed by the coaches from the day. 

Jeremiah Castille will be joined by a host of current and past NFL and Division 1 football players from Alabama and Auburn.  And as always, heading up the speed and agility portion is Willie Smith.

In addition to his 1984 Olympic Gold Medal, Smith is a former Auburn University sprinter, World Student Games silver medalist in the 400 meter, Pan American Games bronze medalist in 400 meter, two-time Athletics World Cup gold medalist in 4×400 meter relay, a two-time NCAA indoor championship title holder in the 400 meter and eight All-American selections.  In 1997, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Jeremiah Castille Foundation would like to extend their thanks to the sponsor of the camp, because without them, this free camp wouldn’t be possible.

The Solon and Martha Dixon Foundation, Dr. Walter H. Burgess, Andalusia Youth Football League, Opp City Schools Foundation, Opp Rotary Club, Probate Judge Stacy B. Brooks, John F. Jones, Attorney, Circuit Judge Lex Short, CDG Engineers; Associates, Corey D. Bryan, John M. Peek, Andalusia Distributing Co., CCB Community Bank, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, Covington Electric Cooperative, Inc., Southeast Gas, SIB and Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition.

Established in 2008, the Castille Character Camp provides a safe, fun and skill-focused experience for youth and athletes.  The camp teaches the fundamental skills of athletics, giving participants a competitive edge in their athletic performance.  The hands-on instruction of the non-contact skills camp is designed to provide a solid foundation in football fundamentals while teaching character training. Participants are taught teamwork, self-discipline, consideration of others and how to attain and maximize their true potential relative to age and development on the field and in life. 

The camp’s goal is to train, develop and prepare players to reach their full potential athletically and personally through skill training and character building. 

For more information regarding the camp, or for registration questions, contact Rachel at 205-737- 3662, or rachel@castillefoundation.org.