Wednesday, August 7, 2013
It was a busy month of July in Bonneau.
The Bonneau Recreation Department held its first annual cheerleading camp the week of July 8-11. Campers learned the importance of stretching, new cheers, basic stunts and teamwork.
A total of 10 young cheerleaders attended the first-year camp, taught be April Elswick and assistants in the form of Timberland cheerleader alumni from 2010 and 2011, “Mrs. Mari, Mrs. K, Mrs. Ja’Nae and Mrs. Brianna.”
“We had an awesome week working with the girls on the fundamentals of cheerleading,” Elswick said.
Elswick along with her husband Shaun ran the three weeks of camps.
The following week, after a successful inaugural season of the Bonneau Takedown Club Youth Wrestling, grapplers were treated with another first, a summer wrestling camp from July 15-18.
“We had 15 young boys and girls learning the basics of the sport, takedowns and other various techniques,” Elswick said, “as well as the importance of healthy eating, exercise and keeping fit.”
THS wrestlers Bryan Jackson, Austin Rentzel, Alex White, Lance Lambert and Bernard Harmon assisted with the camp along with Bonneau Youth Wrestling Coach Ryan Rhodes.
“We had a very successful week,” Elswick said. “We look forward to the 2013-14 youth wrestling season starting this fall, open to boys and girls ages 5-13.”
Visit www.leaguelineup.com/bonneau or contact Elswick at (843) 789-0039 to become a member of the Bonneau Takedown Club.
After the wrestling gear had been stowed away for the summer, Bonneau Rec broke out the helmets and pads for its third annual football camp the week of July 22-24.
“This is the third year we’ve teamed up with Timberland High School and Coach Art Craig, his staff and players,” Elswick said. “Coach Craig runs them through all the basics of the game. This camp has always been open to kids throughout the Lowcountry to help them get ready for the upcoming youth football season.”
Elswick also said the camps provides young athletes “the chance to work on their dreams of playing high school sports, and offers campers a chance to look up to the players and coaches and develop relationships with everyone involved, whether it’s just for the summer or year after year.
“Thanks to Coach Craig and the support of the community we keep getting bigger and bigger. We sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for what you give back to the kids of Bonneau Rec.”