By Lynn Jones – The United Youth Athletic Association Inc. (UYAA) prides itself on providing students with a safe and healthy sports learning environment that builds character, self-respect and accountability.
The organizations summer sports camp was a well rounded experience for participates that included academic enrichment, physical and social development activities and a focus on healthy eating habits and lifestyles.
While education is a central focus, UYAA also is committed to helping youth reach their full potential as well.
Last week, the organization held a football camp for youth ages seven to 14 at Clanzel T. Brown Park located on Moncrief Rd.
Dozens of youth worked out with professional trainers on various drills including speed and agility drills, explosion techniques and position specific activities. The camp also focuses on one on one competitions to perfect foot speed and refine individual sports technique.
After lunch, UYAA participants and invited youth attended the Urban-Geo-phonics 2018 Music Summit hosted by Dawn Lopez and Carlos Spencer of the hit group 95 South. Also on the panel were retired football player and Priority Records signee Jeremy Mincey and Errol Mizell. Youth heard directly from the music professionals to discuss topics pertaining to publishing, contracts, social media influence, funding, rap beefs, building your own platform, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Youth were eager to ask questions and gain insight into the music business and learn more about potential career options. “The sports and music business can be tricky. Many of the youth want to be rap stars or NFL players, but don’t understand the business,” said organizer Diallo Sekou.
He adds, “The music and football camp offered options and real life situations. Nothing happens overnight”. The next music summit will be held in September and November of this year. Shown below are panelist Byron Trice and TJ Chapman.