Wilson gives back to Petersburg

Not only does the head basketball coach and assistant football coach for the Crimson Wave get to take his players to the Russell Wilson Passing Academy in Richmond, but he gets to spend time and give back with his former player that is now making a huge impact as an NFL quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. “This academy is a big deal for Russell because he has always been a big fan of giving back,” Hite said. Wilson who is a graduate of Collegiate was a three-sport athlete that helped give the Cougars three straight football state titles from 2004-2006. During that time Wilson was named to the First-Team All State for all three of those years. Over the course of his four years at Collegiate, Wilson and Hite developed a tight bond amongst the time he helped coach the quarterback. “I have seen him grow over the years since having coached him in three sports and I see so much similarity in these Petersburg athletes,” Hite said.

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This was the first thing I did when I got to the Authentic Russell Wilson Jersey pros. I said I wanted to do it and it has been a great hit so far. I wanted to make it the biggest and baddest camp ever. If we have learned anything from the career of Mr. Wilson it is that when he sets a goal for himself, more than likely he surpasses it. What started as a 100-kid camp nearly eight years ago has gradually become bigger and badder. With the corporate backing of American Family Insurance, Nike and Gatorade the Russell Wilson Passing Academy is able to sponsor inner-city athletes ages 9-17 to attend the two-day camp and learn lifelong skills. Amongst the professional coaching staff of former Badgers Bradie Ewing, Kevin Zeitler and Montee Ball, Wilson is out there giving the children one-on-one coaching, blowing his whistle and even intercepting a few errand passes. The lyrics I know I can, I know I can, be what I want to be, if I work hard at it, Ill be where I want to be, from the NaS song I Can play in the background as inspiration while Wilson high-fives and applauds campers on their accomplishments and efforts.

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Russell Wilson. (AP Photo) The ESPYS, ESPNs annual sports-award show, is slated for 6 p.m. Pacific time on July 17. Fans can vote on ESPN.com for nominees in 35 award categories. Wilson is one of five youngsters nominated in the best breakthrough athlete category. He is up against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, L.A.

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Different things drive different players. For Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, establishing a way to connect with inner-city kids was one of the things that drove him to succeed, and now, his NFL career has given him the means to give back. Russell Wilson is establishing his namesake passing academy in hopes of changing the lives of some inner-city kids in a positive way. It’s been a goal for Wilson for a long time, and following his breakout season last year in which he took the NFL by storm, he finally has the platform he’s needed since he spawned the idea. “Over this two-and-a-half-week period, basically, Ill meet 1,400 kids,” Wilson said, via Tom Mulhern of theWisconsin State Journal. “If I can change one of those kids lives, inspire one of those kids,that makes the difference and goes a long way.” The camp will cover five cities –Richmond; Raleigh, N.C.; Madison; Spokane, Wash.; and Seattle — with each stop representing a meaningful part of Wilson’s journey through life. “I just think playing one play at a time, one game at a time, staying in the moment,” Wilson said. “Ive done a pretty good job of that so far. How much further can I take that?” It’s an important lesson for everyone to learn, especially kids.

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I don’t worry about the critics. I ignore the noise.” So now the former Wisconsin Badger is more beacon of hope than lab rat. Wilson is taking his “Russell Wilson Passing Academy” to four stops besides Madison Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C., Spokane, Wash., and Seattle, Wash. His goal is to reach as many kids as he can he estimates the grand total will be 1,400 campers. For these middle- and high-school kids, along with college football prospects across the country, Wilson is living proof that a sub-6 foot quarterback can thrive in the pros. Since the 2012 season finished up, Wilson has heard from other shorter quarterbacks. He wants to give them hope the same way he says the 6-foot Drew Brees gave him hope. “If you can play, you can play,” Wilson said. “And that’s what I try to teach these kids.” Wilson has some help at his two-day stop in Madison in former Badgers running back Montee Ball and lineman Kevin Zeitler, among others.

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San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh has shown a lot of faith in rookie Vance McDonald , who is expected to replace Delanie Walker as the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart, writes CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco. Harbaugh assigned McDonald the No. 89, the same number worn by Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, whom Harbaugh compared McDonald to after the draft. Lawrence Okoye had never played a snap of American football prior to his first practice in May. Injuries have given him plenty of opportunities for reps — no 49ers defensive linemen played more snaps this spring than Okoye, writes the Sacramento Bee’s Matthew Barrows. But the most difficult part of the transition still lies ahead . “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I’m under no illusions,” Okoye said.

A large turnout of fans is expected. Racing at Randolph County Raceway (RCR) in Moberly, Missouri, took off a week from late model racing last Saturday evening but the track is set to once again roar back to life this coming Saturday, July 6, for another weekly racing program that includes the ULMA late models. Be sure to visit the track online by pointing your web browser to http://www.randolphcountyraceway.com. ULMA licensing is mandatory at all sanctioned tracks, no exceptions! Drivers must present their license on arrival when checking in at all tracks. Visit http://www.ulmaracing.com for scheduling full results, information, stats, rules, and to print and complete the 2013 form prior to competing. Drivers should be prepared for technical inspection at all tracks at all times!

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