New England Patriots receiver Deion Branch's 7th annual Skills and Drills Football Camp will kickoff at 9 a.m. on Saturday at ASU.
ALBANY — The 7th annual Skills and Drills Football Camp, which is put on by former Monroe star and current New England Patriots receiver Deion Branch, is set for Saturday at the Albany State University Center For The African-American Male.
Branch, who won the Super Bowl MVP trophy in 2005 with the Patriots and played in his third Super Bowl with the franchise just last season, is returning once again to his hometown for the annual camp, which benefits the Deion Branch Foundation. The foundation was founded by Branch, who established it to help children struggling with health-related issues, including those with meningitis. The foundation is close to Branch’s heart because his son, Deiondre, was diagnosed with viral meningitis at an early age.
“I am very fortunate to be in a position to do this. People tend to look at pro athletes as heroes, but to me the heroes are the doctors and their research teams who are working to prevent this terrible disease,” Branch says on his website, deionbranchfoundation.org.
The camp, which is run by Branch and his NFL friends, is for children ages 7 to 18 and costs $25. It begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and ends at noon.
Additionally, Branch will also be on hand supporting the 3rd annual Deion Branch Cheerleading Camp, which is run by members of the Albany State cheerleading squad. The cost for that is also $25.
The soon-to-be 33-year-old Branch, who is coming off a season during which he caught 51 passes for 702 yards and five TDs, is about to enter his 10th year in the NFL.
He has a busy week planned in addition to the camp festivities. He’ll be the guest speaker today at a Lunch ‘N Learn session for Phoebe employees, then Saturday night he’ll conduct the coin toss before the Albany Panthers’ PIFL playoff opener against the Columbus Lions.
For more information on Branch’s camp and appearances this weekend, call (229) 395-2090 or (229) 291-3237.
Chehaw set to host first ‘Olympic Day’
ALBANY — In advance of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Chehaw BMX is doing its part to put on display one of the fastest growing sports in the world when it hosts its first-ever “Olympic Day” on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Practice and registration will last from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and the “Olympic Day” race itself will kick off at 11 a.m.
For more information or directions, visit chehawbmx.com or call track director Heath Land at (229) 395-8352.