Former Atlanta Falcons Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler, in conjunction with Kids & Pros Inc., and the Ingram Family and Donors, hosted a free Youth Football Clinic in Gwinnett at Rhodes Jordan Park Saturday night from 5-8 pm in memory of a very special young man with a passion for football, Brian Ingram.
The Kids & Pros Gwinnett Clinic was offered free of charge to youth in the area, due to special funding by the Ingram family and their donors, in memory of Brian.
“We wanted to do something in my brother’s memory that supported his loves of football and working with children,” said Liz Stiebel, Brian Ingram’s sister. “Since Brian was a camp counselor, we thought this would be a wonderful tribute to him, to donate to Kids & Pros in his memory, to have his legacy live on, and help kids in need have the opportunity to attend a camp this summer.” The donation the Ingram family is making to Kids & Pros will support this Gwinnett clinic, as well as provide camperships to kids in need to attend a football camp in metro Atlanta over the next year. To learn more about Brian or to make a donation to his fund, please visit his page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/brianingrammemorialfund .
The clinic completely exceeded expectations, bring out close to 300 athletes and 200 parents to brush up on position skills, and learn more about the Heads Up Football tackling technique here in Gwinnett County.
In addition to the clinic, there was a parent information session open to all Gwinnett County youth recreation and school coaches and parents interested in learning more about the following: the impact as a coach as a role model, character building through football and cheerleading, equipment fitting, concussion avoidance, and Heads Up FootballSM (the steps of proper football tackling technique and other skills to avoid injuries). The Gwinnett Medical Center Marketing team was on hand as well, educating parents and passing out information from the Gwinnett Concussion Institute (part of the Gwinnett Medical Center) to answer questions, from a medical perspective.
“Hearing Coach Curry’s message here before football season begins is tremendous,” said Merry Fitts, parent from the Peachtree Ridge Athletic Association, and Mom of a 9 year old football player. “You have to be your own child’s advocate, and understanding what concussions are, and how to recognize if your child has a concussion is crucial to keeping the sport safe.”
Former NFL players led the drills and the sessions, including Bobby Butler (Atlanta Falcons Cornerback 1981-1992), Buddy Curry (Atlanta Falcons Linebacker 1980-1987), Robert Moore (Atlanta Falcons Safety 1986-1989), Stephon Adams (Oakland Raiders DB 1986-89, Cleveland/Miami), Evan Cooper (Philadelphia Eagles DB 1984-87, Falcons 88-89), and Robert Hicks (Buffalo Bills Tackle 1998-2000).
The clinics are brought to the city of Lawrenceville, compliments of the Ingram family and their donors, and supported in part by the Central Gwinnett High School Football program and Gwinnett Parks and Recreation.