Mega Sports Camp offers youth more than just sports

Tennis is one of the sports offered at First Baptist Church's Mega Sports Camp at BNA Bank Park's Tennis Complex this week. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Tennis is one of the sports offered at First Baptist Church’s Mega Sports Camp at BNA Bank Park’s Tennis Complex this week. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
NEW ALBANY – First Baptist Church of New Albany has traveled to various cities around the United States with their sports camps and mission trips. This week the church has given the opportunity to local youth to be a part of their ministry outreach. Mega Sports Camp began on Monday and will run through Friday at BNA Bank Park Tennis Complex.
“We’re having a great week here at BNA Bank Park with Mega Sports Camp,” First Baptist Youth Minister Paul Sizemore said. “With Mega Sports Camp, we do three different sports tennis, soccer and cheer-leading. We also have a non-sports option for the kids who want to come to camp, but don’t have an interest in sports. They still have an opportunity to participate.”
“The camp offers the opportunity for the church to reach out to the local people, particularly children and their families,” Sizemore said. “It gives us the opportunity to minister to them and also gives them the opportunity to participate in a sports camp and learn more about Jesus Christ and what it means to know Him and be a follower of Him.”
Sizemore shared that First Baptist had done sports camps several times in several cities around the Unites States and that this was the first time to “bring it home and do this locally.”
“It’s a privilege for us and it’s great to see so many kids out this week,” Sizemore said. “We’ve enrolled 51 kids from the community already (Tuesday) and we just hope to reach out to them, get to know them, meet some needs for them and their families.”
Sizemore said that the sports camp has a Vacation Bible School atmosphere but that sports is used for the draw to encourage kids and their families to be more involved.
The sports camp has been a ministry and mission project at First Baptist for over 10 years.
Campers participate in soccer drills at Mega Sports Camp.

Campers participate in soccer drills at Mega Sports Camp.


Cheer-leading is also part of the Mega Sports Camp this week.

Cheer-leading is also part of the Mega Sports Camp this week.


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Mega Sports Camp even has a mascot, check him out! Nice pose.

Mega Sports Camp even has a mascot, check him out! Nice pose.

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.