PARKERSBURG -In conjunction with Brandon Kornblue Kicking, the Athletes in Action Kicking Camp returns to Parkersburg High School's Stadium Field for a third year.
The one-day event is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. Former Big Red and Marshall University placekicker Tyler Warner is spearheading efforts to combine the Athletes in Action's platform with football.
"Brandon Kornblue got in contact with us through Athletes in Action and asked how he could get involved," Warner said. "He has the same vision as we do with Athletes in Action football, and that's reaching out to people and sharing the gospel. He is intentionally using our camp to share our testimony and stories, and how do we compete with God while we are kicking."
Athletes in Action is based in Xenia, Ohio, and that is the site of day one of the kicking camp, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 19.
These camps are geared toward helping each specialist reach their maximum potential as a placekicker, punter or long snapper. Not only will this be an environment to improve technically as an athlete, but the camp also will provide an environment to grow personally.
"When I was younger and growing up through elementary, junior high and high school, the teacher always said find something you are passionate about and do it," Warner said. "This past summer I was trying to discern whether God was leading me into full-time ministry, to come home and work for my dad or go back to school. He revealed to me my two passions: Football and kicking, and perhaps my biggest passion was sharing the gospel.
"By doing Athletes in Action football and these kicking camps, I have the opportunity to bring both together."
Since 2007, Kornblue Kicking has trained thousands of NFL, NCAA and high school specialists - including two of the three finalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Award.
Staff members at the kicking camp will include Warner, former Parkersburg South and current West Virginia University kicker Michael Molinari, former Maranatha Bible College (Wis.) wide receiver Clint Mahan and Matt Spitz, who was a two-time Division III All-American kicker at Capital University (Ohio).
"Brandon Kornblue has a lot of experience that he can handle a certain amount of kids at a time," Warner said.
The registration cost is $245, which includes a video and a T-shirt.
Brandon Kornblue can also be contacted at (561) 702-0203 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact Athletes in Action football, call (937) 352-1138 or e-mail at Matt.email@example.com.