Kids can play with the stars June 25 at free Saints & Pelicans’ Junior Training Camp

Kids who dream of playing in the pros – or, kids who just love to play – can get registered now for the free New Orleans Saints & Pelicans/Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Junior Training Camp on Saturday morning, June 25.

Parents can visit the website, or call 318-238-4255, to complete a registration and waiver form for the JTC, which provides two hours of full throttle fun alongside Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame members and NSU coaches, and staff from the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans community relations department.

The website has the full schedule for the Induction Celebration June 23-25.

The camp runs from 9-11 a.m., starting with registration between 8-9 a.m. at the Webb Wellness and Recreation Center (WRAC) gymnasium. At 9 a.m., campers get introduced to the sports stars who will be coaching them for the next two hours, inside focusing on basketball skills, and outside at Turpin Stadium, with football and general sports skills instruction.

Kids ages 7-17 are welcomed. The registration and waiver form online should be submitte in advance. The camp is open until filled to 300 capacity and anyone who registers after capacity is reached will be on a waiting list. So far, there’s plenty of room.

The event is presented by the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Every camper gets a free T-shirt and a coupon for a meal at Raisin’ Canes. Photos from the camp will be posted on the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Facebook page.

The goals of the JTC are simple – a fun, and thrilling, experience for the kids, free of charge; skills instruction from some of the best to ever play, or coach, the games; and promotion of health lifestyles and positive life choices.

The campers are separated into two groups. One stays inside for the first hour for basketball instruction, while the other is next door at Turpin Stadium, having football fun. The groups switch locations in the second half of the camp.

The kids will enjoy a star-studded lineup of celebrity coaches, including:

New Orleans Saints six-time Pro Bowler Jahri Evans;

LSU football All-American Kyle Williams, also a six-time Pro Bowl star for the Buffalo Bills;

Three-time national champion gymnast Susan Jackson of LSU;

Two-time All-American softball pitcher Britni Sneed Williams of LSU;

Owner of 65 state championships, Episcopal High track and field coach Claney Duplechin, also a former successful head football coach;

Former LSU football player and Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame cowboy Steve Duhon.

Several past Hall of Fame inductees are also expected to be there.

Parents are welcome to watch, and take photos and video.