ETSU coaches assist with Xtreme Challenge
From left to right, coaches Andrea Mangrum, Mike Boyd and Tammi Batson were just a few ETSU coaches to volunteer at the Xtreme Challenge
From left to right, coaches Andrea Mangrum, Mike Boyd and Tammi Batson were just a few ETSU coaches to volunteer at the Xtreme Challenge

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 15, 2008) - One of the top priorities of the East Tennessee State University athletic department is give back its time to the local community. Last week, a number of the Buccaneer staff members did just that. Athletic Director Dave Mullins, Head Women's Basketball Coach Karen Kemp, Head Softball Coach Andrea Mangrum, Assistant Volleyball Coach Tammi Batson, Strength and Conditioning Coach Lee Marrow and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Mike Boyd, all volunteered their time at the second annual Xtreme Challenge, sponsored by Mountain States Health Alliance and Hope IV revitalization project, in Kingsport.

 

This three-day fitness camp, served over 300 kids in the Tri-Cites area, with the opportunity to become more active in their everyday life. Activities that were taught at this free event included physical assessments of all the kids, agility stations, and sports stations. One of the top goals of the camp and its volunteers was to teach kid's games and sports that they could take home and play without any special equipment. This helped in the process of teaching children that they don't have to be the best at every sport, but instead do their best in whatever skill they pursue in life.

 

"I want to personally thank all the ETSU coaches and staff for all that they did during the three-day camp," said president and founder of Xtreme Challenge, E.G. Sounder, Jr. "Everyone did more then an expected and this shows what a credit and wonderful extension of the ETSU community that the athletic department is. I not only thought as staff that they showed a lot of professionalism, but more important I think each of the kids really connected and learned a lot for the various skills each coach brought. I can only hope that each of them enjoyed there time as much as we enjoyed having them."

 

The HOPE VI Program was developed as a result of recommendations by National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing, which was charged with proposing a National Action Plan to eradicate severely distressed public housing. The Commission recommended revitalization in three general areas: physical improvements, management improvements, and social and community services to address resident needs. This camp was one of many steps to help in this process.

  

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