Coty Sensabaugh talks with young players during a football camp at Dobyns-Bennett in this file photo.
KINGSPORT — Giving back to the community has been a high priority for Coty Sensabaugh since reaching the National Football League, which is why he will host a free football camp for children this summer.
The second annual Sensabaugh Camp Classic will take place June 14 at J. Fred Johnson Stadium at Dobyns-Bennett High School. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The idea for the camp came after Sensabaugh, who plays cornerback for the Tennessee Titans and is a D-B graduate, worked with another football camp during his college years.
"When I was in college, I used to work Jason Witten's camp over in Elizabethton, and I liked how he ran that and the turnout and the reception he got from the community in Elizabethton," Sensabaugh said. "So I was like I know if I do one in Kingsport, it's going to be big and everyone will love it."
And he was right.
Last year, the inaugural camp saw more than 500 kids participate. He hopes even more children show up this year.
The camp participants will be split into two age groups. The first group will be kids ages 6 to 12, and the second group will be teenagers 13 to 17.
The 6 to 12 age group will rotate through stations, while the older group will work on technical skills with one session focusing on offense and another session focusing on defense. Then the teens will participate in a 7-on-7 competition period.
Sensabaugh said any kid that comes to the camp will get a lifetime of memories.
"They'll get to interact with NFL players, college football players, coaches in high school and college," Sensabaugh said. "Pretty much we'll just be teaching them life lessons and teaching football lessons. Just kids out there having a good time."
Sensabaugh said if a camp like this had been offered when he was in youth football, he would have been there every year.
He is hoping to add more kids from all over the Tri-Cities this year. The camp is also looking for sponsors.
Some of the sponsors that have already signed on include BAE Systems, Food City, Action Rentals and Sales, and Eastman Credit Union. Sensabaugh thanked the sponsors and said without community sponsors, it would be very difficult to take on the huge endeavor of a youth football camp.
There are multiple tiers of sponsorship, ranging from bronze level, which is a $250 contribution, to platinum, which is a $1,000 contribution.
If a business is interested in becoming a sponsor, they can go to Sensabaughcampclassic.com or email email@example.com.
Children who attend the camp will get a T-shirt, some goodie bags with autographed items and lunch for the day, and it's all free. Sensabaugh said the camp is open to all kids, even if they don't play football.
Parents can pre-register their kids online at Sensabaughcampclassic.com. The online pre-registration will take place until May 31. Parents can also register in person on the day of the camp.
For Sensabaugh, the camp is all about helping make dreams come true.
"That's what it's all about for me, just motivating somebody who has the same dream that I had at that age," he said. "They can not only make it, but be better than me and continue carrying this torch that we got going."comments powered by Disqus