Love, Lee run Silly Sports Camp
Former MSU quarterback Tyson Lee tosses a unique style of batting practice with a beach ball during Silly Sports Camp at the Starkville Sportsplex last week. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Lauren Love, Tyson Lee and Kellie Wicktora have quite a bit on their plate of activities during the summer.
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With their busy schedules, there's still enough time for some silliness.
Love, Lee and Wicktora may be heavily involved with their own sports, but have come together for three weeks at the Starkville Sportsplex to run Silly Sports Camps.
The camps offer the opportunity to share cooperative games and puts a silly spin on traditional games.
"I enjoy the opportunity to not only be with the kids, but to go over the basic of the sports, let them know it's OK to have fun and be a good teammate as well," said Love, the volleyball coach at Starkville High School. "It's so much fun, so rewarding and it goes by so quickly."
Specific activities depend on the age and number of campers. The sports focused on are soccer, football, baseball, softball and basketball.
The first week was devoted to the older campers and the next week's final camp is for the youngest age group.
Love values the help from Lee, Wicktora and volunteer Courtney Wilson.
"I was able to send them information and they came right in knowing the camp culture to be sure to maintain throughout," Love said. "They are role models, camp coaches and leaders coming in. They lived up to what we asked them to do above and beyond so I'm grateful and happy to have them."
Lee, a former quarterback for Mississippi State, said seeing the children enjoy the camp experience makes sharing his time worth it.
It's the motivation and inspiration Lee gets from the campers that's valuable to him.
"It's been awesome and coach Love has done a great job of just kind of leading the way," Lee said. "The kids learn about sports, but at the end of every day, they say they have fun and they come back the next day asking for games and asking to play more.
"You know when they come in, ready to run and have a good time, you know what you did the day before is successful so I think we did a good job of making that happen."
Lee is attending graduate school for sports administration at MSU and is in the middle of taking summer school classes.
In his spare time, Lee believes it's important to give back to the community and especially when it comes to children.
"I love reaching out to kids and being a vessel," Lee said. "When you see a smile on a child's face and they ask you if your are coming back tomorrow or what are we doing tomorrow? When you see kids respond with that, you know you are doing the right thing."