Friday, July 13, 2012
The Summerville Sertoma Club has hosted a youth football league for nearly four decades.
With a new president in place, the Summerville Sertoma Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary and gearing up for another season of youth football.
Calvin Linning Jr. was recently installed as the new president for the club, which was established in 1972. The non-profit organization only has about 30 active members, but each year it touches thousands of lives with its various endeavors.
“We do a lot of community outreach on the local level,” Linning said. “We have several charitable organizations we contribute to and we help people in the community who come upon hard times.”
The club provides food to the needy; donations to feed the elderly; scholarships for young students and athletes; and national heritage contests and awards. It also supports local and national speech and hearing impaired programs and a number of other worthwhile programs such as Camp Sertoma, Relay for Life and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
But the club is known most for its sponsorship of the Summerville Sertoma Football League, which each year provides an avenue for hundreds of youngsters to enjoy the sport of football and develop their athletic skills.
Linning, like many of the club’s members and Sertoma Football coaches, was once a player in the league.
“My first experience with organized football was with Sertoma,” Linning said. “That first year I was on a new team and we only won one game, but that season was one of the most joyous experiences in football I ever had.
“The coaches taught us how to block correctly and tackle, but they also taught us a lot of life lessons. They taught us about discipline and how to do things the right way. They taught us to celebrate the small things; if we executed a play right then they made sure we knew that was a big deal. They taught us about perseverance and taking pride in the things you do and that in the long run those things would pay off for us.”
Linning went on to become a standout not only on some future Sertoma teams, but on the Summerville High School football team as well. He was recruited by the University of Tennessee, but then an injury ended his football career.
Now, his focus is on helping young athletes receive the same lessons that helped shape his life.
This month the club is hosting coaches’ clinics, football camps and registration. For details on any of those, visit www.summervillesertoma.org.
Upper Dorchester Football Registration:
Wednesday, July 18, 6 – 8 p.m. at Woodland High School
Tuesday, July 24, 6 - 9 p.m. at Ridgeville Community Center
Tuesday, July 31, 6 – 9 p.m. at Woodland High School
Thursday, August 2, 6 – 9 p.m. at Ridgeville Community Center Lower Dorchester Football Registration at the Azalea Hut.
Friday, Aug. 3, 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 4, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 6 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 9, 6 -9 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 16, 6 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
Football Camps Semi-Contact and Non-Contact Camps
M-W, July 16-18, 6 – 8 p.m. (Upper County - Woodland High School)
M-Th, July 23-26, 6 – 8 p.m. (Pinewood Field)
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or email@example.com