Community day is part of New Life giving back

Jun. 02, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Saturday afternoon in Sanford’s Kiwanis Park was a good day to learn about how the New Life organization is trying to build and give back to the Lee County community. It was also a great day to simply have fun in the park.

With games, music, prayer and a whole bunch of food — then either bright sun or nice shade — the Second Annual New Life Community Day let visitors or newcomers know how the organization’s been busy and where it’s headed.

“We’re here today because we want to give back to the community and this is one part of it,” said Marcus Kirkman, board chairman of the New Life Sports League.

New Life is partly a sports organization, and will have its second summer youth football camp coming up on July 27 — in time for Pop Warner, middle school and/or high school preseasons.

The nonprofit organization is also trying to be a community networking resource, finding ways to help in business, charity and education.

General manager Dedrick Petty is also a human resources development instructor with Central Carolina Community College. The program, which teaches students employability, communication, problem solving, information technology skills and more to help them find and keep employment, is a joint program run by CCCC and Lee County Industries. It graduated 22 students last week. Petty had a table and info set up on what the program offers during the community day.

Maurice Waddell, a former Lee County gridiron standout who went on to collegiate success and an NFL career as an offensive lineman, is opening Waddell Competitive Sports Training based at Jonesboro Fitness Center. Waddell and other experts will be offering everything from conditioning and weight training to film sessions and advice from nutritionists and sports psychologists for athletes from teens up to pros.

“We’ve got our certifications and staff in place. We’ll have coaches in each sport, from football to golf,” Waddell said.

Working with young athletes in areas other than simply speed and strength, such as goal setting, self confidence and motivation will be part of the training.

The New Life All Stars Football Camp, which will also be a second annual event, is set for July 27 at Tramway Road Park. Sign-up forms are available at the Lee County Parks and Recreation Office and at the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County. Registration for the camp is free.