Over 325 young people from throughout the parish participated in the LSHOF Junior Training Camp held on NSU’s campus this Saturday, June 26. Several Hall of Fame members, assisted by NSU football and basketball players, put the young people through a series of drills in football and basketball skills. The children were also treated to a basketball demonstration by a Harlem Globetrotter. This is the tenth year the training camp has been held in Natchitoches. Over the years, it has become an eagerly awaited event for area families. The Natchitoches Sheriff’s Department has been a sponsor of the event since the inaugural camp and brought several deputies and the SWAT vehicle. Likewise volunteers from the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center helped check in children and passed out souvenir camp shirts. Thanks to the sponsors, the children enjoyed a fun day of physical activity and education at no cost.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to commend the NSU athletes in Football and Basketball who helped at each of the stations. They were unfailingly helpful and gracious with the children. NSU’s WRAC staff turned their facility over to the campers and supplied water for breaks. They were superb ambassadors for their university.