Former University of Maine athletes heading summer sports clinics

Posted June 06, 2012, at 7:47 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Football players in Greater Bangor hoping to get a jump on the competition for the 2012 season will be able to sharpen their skills this month at the University of Maine.

Strong Mind-Strong Body Inc., headed by former Black Bears football player Roosevelt Boone, has scheduled its Final 48 Football Skills and Strength Clinic for June 16 on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium.

The event, which is open to players ages 14-18, will run from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and includes a spaghetti dinner after the clinic. Family members are invited to eat for $3 each.

The “Final 48” refers to players’ quest to maximize their potential before they reach their last game, or the final 48 minutes, of their careers.

Boone said the clinic, which he will run with a handful of current and former UMaine football players, will include three parts.

“The clinic is broken down into speed and agility, an offensive segment with instruction for quarterbacks, offensive linemen, running backs and wide receivers, and the last portion will be defense — defensive backs, defensive line and linebackers,” Boone said.

The speed and agility segment will be led by former UMaine football All-American Matt King, who is a strength and conditioning coach for the Black Bears.

Boone, who graduated from UMaine in 2011 with a degree in kinesiology and physical education, is studying for his master’s degree in human development.

Proceeds from the clinic will benefit nonprofit Strong Mind-Strong Body’s Summer Wellness and Nutrition Camp, which is slated July 16-20. The free clinic, which includes components in nutrition, health, soccer, basketball, football, tennis and rock climbing, is free to youngsters ages 10-17 who qualify.

For information on the Final 48 football clinic or the wellness and nutrition camp, or to help sponsor either event, call Boone at 202-375-8033 or email R.boone36@yahoo.com.

Girls Power Camps set

Last summer, the Maine Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes held a successful basketball camp in Bangor.

This time around, the group hopes to appeal to many more young athletes from the area when it hosts the Bangor Girls Power Camps for basketball, field hockey and soccer.

The camps, open to girls ages 8-13, are scheduled for July 9-12 at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. The sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the cost is $90 per person.

Former University of Maine basketball player Amanda Tewksbury is the director of the camp. She said it combines sport-specific instruction with faith development.

“We basically have two practices a day and we have Bible studies as well,” said Tewksbury, who is FCA Maine’s Bangor-area representative.

“Typically in the morning we’ll do more of the skills stuff and in the afternoon do more scrimmages and games,” explained Tewksbury, who said youngsters from all three sports also get together for some activities.

The theme for this year’s FCA camps — both in Maine and across the nation — is “In the Zone,” which refers to one’s ability to excel by virtue of the power of God.

More information about the camps and links to registration forms are available at mainefca.org, by calling Tewksbury at 207-951-6360 or emailing atewksbury@fca.org.

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