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Camps aim to boost athletes' skills

Former Braves pitcher holds baseball camp

Posted: March 16, 2013 - 11:12pm

The new Evans Fitness Club has launched its “Proto-Type Athlete” Sports Specific Training Area and will be holding a gathering of Columbia County middle and high school coaches and athletic directors. The event will take place at the club, on Evans Town Center Boulevard at North Belair Road, at 7 p.m. March 25.

“Proto-Type Athlete is designed to build a solid athletic foundation, while still meeting each athlete’s individual goals” said program director Craig Bryan, who has more than 30 years experience in the field. In addition to Bryan, Evans Fitness Club has assembled a “dream team” of sorts to work with the athletes. 2012 U.S. Olympian George Kitchens is one of the team members and specializes in speed and agility. The also have former Duke star and first round NBA draft pick Will Avery to handle individual basketball workouts, along with Ian Scurlock, who pitched at Louisiana Tech.

The gym will offer camps from May 28 through July 27, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. for middle school athletes and on Tuesday and Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. for athletes high school age and older. The participants will get to do a full 60 minute workout twice a week for eight weeks for a $300 fee. The workouts will focus on speed and agility, explosive power, strength, conditioning, flexibility, injury reduction and nutrition.

For more information, call Craig Bryan at (706) 228-2700

Former Braves pitcher holds baseball camp

Matt Childers is one of the more talented baseball players to ever play in the Augusta area. He was a standout at Westside High School and spent more than a decade pitching professionally, including stints in the big leagues with Milwaukee and Atlanta.

Childers now is the owner and operator of Complete Game Baseball, a facility designed to improve young baseball players in the area.

Complete Game will hold a spring baseball clinic for players ages 6-14 from 9 a.m. to noon April 8-9. The camp is for players of all skill levels from beginners to advanced. Campers will get instruction on batting, fielding, pitching, bunting and base running. Instructors at the camp will include current and former high school and college coaches and players, as well as former professional and major league players.

The camp costs $85. Those interested can register at Complete Game at 4111 Colben Blvd. in Evans, or contact Matt Childers at (706) 814-5916 or matthewchilders9@hotmail.com

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