Chesapeake Sports Club Hosts Second Annual Jamboree

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Pastor Ken Barnes, Woodland Heights Baptist Church & Mayor Alan Krasnoff

Pastor Ken Barnes, Woodland Heights Baptist Church & Mayor Alan Krasnoff

Chesapeake Sports Club Hosts Second Annual Jamboree
By JAYNE THURBER-SMITH

Alonzo Mourning, David Wright, BJ and Justin Upton – the entire country knows these names. They are but a few of our city’s athletes who have made it to the professional sports leagues. Chesapeake Sports Club supports that trend by providing scholarships for exceptional high school scholar athletes. One of their major fundraisers is the annual Club Jamboree.  This year’s Jamboree was held at the Chesapeake Conference Center on March 21, 2013 and featured former Redskins great, Joe Theismann as the keynote speaker.

Theismann, a popular sportscaster, former Notre Dame great and the first of three quarterbacks to lead the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl victory was introduced by Towne Bank’s Chairman and CEO G. Robert Aston Jr.

“When Joe joined the Redskins, he was just a third string quarterback,” Aston said. “He talked the coach into letting him be the punt returner. No matter what, he wanted to be a part of that team and contribute. That speaks to the kind of player he was.”

Sports Club President Doug Smith

Sports Club President Doug Smith

“In 2008 I went to watch the Super Bowl in Phoenix,” continued Aston. “I went to the restaurant for breakfast with my wife that morning. We watched Joe come into the restaurant; he was gracious to the hostess and waitresses, and then sat down. There was a huge family table in the middle on the restaurant, and one man went over to talk to him. Joe got up and spent the next 30 minutes with that family, just hanging out and letting the kids try on his Super Bowl ring. That speaks to the kind of man he is,” said Aston.

During Theismann’s speech he shared, “I was convinced I could (quarterback for the Redskins) but I had to convince other people,” Theismann remembered. “What price are you willing to pay to be special?”

Sports Club President Doug Smith and Joe Theismann

Sports Club President Doug Smith and Joe Theismann

He went on to praise another quarterback. He shared that in 2010, exactly one week before winning the Super Bowl, Drew Brees spent his day “off” at the stadium going through three hours of a simulated game. You have to be willing to work harder and do what you have to do.

“When we make commitments to a team,” Theismann added, “we have to make sure we do such a good job we don’t let down the guy next to us. I use the word team as an acronym: Together Everyone Achieves More. All that mattered to me was the guys in the same uniform I was in.”

To the parents in the crowd, Theismann gave a warning to never let anything keep them from attending their kids’ competitions.

“Let your athletes know how special they are,” he challenged. “Who else will? You need to be there at the end of the game, either to high-five them after a victory or to put your arm around them after a loss and tell them it’s OK.”

Old Dominion University football coach Bobby Wilder presented awards to the top male and female athletes in the city of Chesapeake as well as the coach of the year. The Chesapeake High School Female Athlete of the Year was Kiara Howell from Grassfield High School. Howell is the most highly-decorated shot put and discus thrower in the history of Chesapeake. He then presented the Male Athlete of the Year award to Oscar Smith’s Michael Cherry, the most decorated track athlete in the state of Virginia. Steve West was awarded the Chesapeake Coach of the Year trophy. West has been a fixture at Indian River High School for the past 29 years.

Chesapeake High School Male Athlete of the Year, Michael Cherry from Oscar Smith High School Chesapeake High School Female Athlete of the Year, Kiara Howell from Grassfield High School.

Chesapeake High School Male Athlete of the Year, Michael Cherry from Oscar Smith High School
Chesapeake High School Female Athlete of the Year, Kiara Howell from Grassfield High School.

According to past president of the Sports Club, Buddy Bagley, the mission of the Sports Club is to give a $1,000 athletic scholarship to each Chesapeake High School, both private and public.”  To find out how you can help support our fine young Chesapeake athletes, call (757) 650-2882 or email: info@chesapeakesportsclub.com

Donations may be mailed to:

Chesapeake Sports Club

P.O. Box 2422, Chesapeake, VA 23327

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