Sports Camp Aims to Teach Youth
By Bianca Rodriguez
Real News Real Fast spoke with Coach Eric Riggins about his 352 Track Club Invitational held this weekend and his 7th Annual football camp on June 22.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that a lot of runners are running in other track meets this Memorial Day Weekend the 352 Track Club Invitational was cancelled. The organization, It Is All About The Youth, are still running this weekend though at USF’s track.
Next weekend the organization will be running in Tallahassee as well. Runners, such as Ashley Gentz from Nature Coast Technical High School, run in these meets.
Seven years ago Eric Riggins started his football camp to save the youth.
“When I was a kid, sports is what helped me focus on going good in school because without good grades I couldn’t play.” Riggins said. “It also helped me stay out of trouble. That is what I want for these kids.”
Coach Riggins wants the best for the youth and feels sports will help them stay away from drugs and going down the wrong path through life. This year the camp will start on June 22nd and end on July 1st, running Monday and Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm.
Around 50 kids come out each year. Though this camp is a lot of fun it is also very beneficial. He pushes these kids really hard and it is very competitive.
He wants to push these kids to their max and show them that whatever they put their mind to they can accomplish.
“Sports doesn’t just teach you different plays and make you more fit.” Riggins said. “Sports teaches you life lessons, compassion, unity and for some kids this is their only way out of the lifestyle they live.”
The first 5 years the camp was free but due to the capacity of participants the camp now requires a small fee. For more information visit their website itisallabouttheyouth.org