— A chance to learn fundamentals about football.
— A chance to hear from 10 present and former National Football League players about how they were able to take their games to such a high level.
Those are a few of the goals that Judith Fluellen has for the 200 or so youngsters she hopes will attend the Andre Fluellen - Ronnie Brown Football Camp, which is being held Saturday at the Cartersville High School football field.
The camp is being put on by Andre Fluellen and Brown, the two former Cartersville athletes who once shared the spotlight while playing for the Purple Hurricanes before going on to successful careers at the collegiate level and then the NFL. Fluellen attended Florida State University and later the Detroit Lions. Brown attended Auburn University and in the NFL has played six years with the Miami Dolphins, one year with the Philadelphia Eagles. He signed earlier this month to play for the San Diego Chargers.
Judith Fluellen, coordinator and mother of Andre Fluellen, said registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Cartersville High School with the camp to follow from 8:30 a.m. until about 1 p.m. She said the camp is intended for youngsters ages 7 to 18, and parents and legal guardians must sign a waiver to indemnify sponsors.
She said there is no charge for the camp, which will feature:
Andre Fluellen, Detroit Lions; Jason Campbell, Chicago Bears; Ronnie Brown, San Diego Chargers; Everette Brown, Detroit Lions; DeMario Pressley, Chicago Bears; Carlos Rogers, San Francisco 49ers; Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, free agent; Channing Crowder, free agent; Sammy Hill, Detroit Lions; and Verron Haynes, former UGA star who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was known as the Hobnail Boot after “The Catch” helped the Bulldogs to a 26-24 win at Neyland Stadium in 2001.
Cartersville High’s James Jones, offensive line guru for the Canes, and other Cane coaches will be assisting as well.
Judith Fluellen said the camp is aimed at youngsters, whether from Bartow County or elsewhere.
“We have kids who are coming from out of town. I have some kids who are coming from Philadelphia,” Fluellen said.
The Fluellens are from Philadelphia and have family and friends there. Brown played in Philadelphia last season and also has contacts there, she noted.
She said plans are to accept the first 200 kids to show up, but she said there are no plans to turn any youngsters away.
Fluellen said youngsters and their parents or guardians are being encouraged to register early.
“It’d be great if they could register early, but registration on site will be not be a problem. We will be prepared to register anyone who is unable to register by computer. Don’t hesitate to come even if you have not pre-registered.”
She said registration is available through Andre Fluellen’s company, Dynasty Sports and Entertainment, by going to its website, www.n2dse.com.”
Other contacts include Britt McGill, Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department, 770-607-6175; coach Jones, 770-382-3200 ext. 63; Charles Fluellen Jr., Dynasty Sports and Entertainment, 850-443-9460.
Fluellen said the camp is aimed at youngsters. “We want to provide a medium of fun and teachable moments for citizens of Bartow County and beyond. It’s also an opportunity for the youth to meet professional football players to interact with them, to get autographs and learn about what life is as a professional athlete.
“I think one of the things the players like to impress upon the kids who come to these things is that hard work is the foundation for everything they do: hard work, dedication, commitment and teamwork. If they take care of those things, they’ll have a lot of fun.”
Youngsters who participate will get a T-shirt and a goodie bag containing such items as water bottles, key chains and other items, McGill said.
Fluellen said getting so many NFL players together is a real coup for Cartersville, but she said the athletes believe in what the camps do.
“A lot of the players will support each others’ camps because they all feel it is very important for them to reach out to young people so they understand what it really is about to play this game on this level,” she said. “They are very supportive of one another. It really just takes a phone call, and very few of them say no to Mama Flu.”
Fluellen said she also is glad the camp will bring her son and Brown, former teammates, back together.
“Ronnie’s been in the league something like seven years,” she said, “and he’s always wanted to be able to do something like this for Bartow County.
“When my husband approached Ronnie about doing the football camp, he met with him in Philadelphia during the season last year. They had dinner and talked about the possibility of Ronnie teaming up with Andre to do this camp this year. Ronnie was all in.”