Gridiron Great Shares Skills with Tallahassee Youth
PRNA Hosts Ernie Sims Youth Football and Cheer Clinic, Celebrity Football Game
July 07, 2014
Although school is out for summer, learning is still in with the seventh annual Ernie Sims Youth Football and Cheer Clinic, hosted by the City's Parks, Recreations and Neighborhood Affairs (PRNA) Department. The free clinic will take place on Friday, July 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Springsax Recreation Park, 1000 Springsax Drive.
As a former City of Tallahassee youth football program participant, Sims holds strong ties to the Tallahassee area. Since his youth football days playing for the Gaither team, Sims has had great success on and off the field.
"This clinic is very important to me and where it's held. I grew up near the Springsax area, and I want the kids to have something to look forward to as it helps prepare a foundation for life," Sims said.
Sims' clinics provide hands on instruction for more than 350 youngsters, who learn important tips and strategies to improve their football skills and cheerleading abilities. Participants also learn some important character skills, like dedication and perseverance, which can help in every aspect of their lives.
In order to ensure a positive experience, clinic participants should come prepared by wearing shorts, t-shirts and football cleats, training shoes or running shoes. The clinics are free for all registered youth ages 7-16, and t-shirts will be given to the first 350 registered kids. Registration will take place on-site the day of the clinic at Springsax Park starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.talgov.com/parks/parks-ytackfootball.aspx.
To wrap up a day already filled with fun and excitement, there will be a celebrity flag football game during the evening at Messer Park North Field #1. Former NFL stars, City Commissioners, local media personalities and other community leaders will take the field against each other at 7 p.m. There's sure to be some healthy competition, good sportsmanship and many reasons to cheer.
For more information on the clinic, visit Talgov.com/parks, and keep updated on PRNA events by liking PRNA's Facebook page at Facebook.com/COTparks.
Brian Smatt, Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs, 891-3837; or Lizzy Kelley, Communications Department, 891-8533