Former Braves stars come to McDonough

JONESBORO — Former Atlanta Braves stars, Brian Jordan and Ryan Klesko and Otis Nixon will host a baseball camp on Saturday July 21 at the Red Hawk Baseball Complex in McDonough.

The camp will be an all-day event that is open to baseball players, ages 6-16 of all skill levels. As with all camps, a focus will be placed on proper baseball techniques and fundamentals, but helping young players build solid intangible characteristics will also be stressed.

Everett Sports Management —the same group that put on a football camp with former Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons quarterback last month in McDonough — will partner with the former Braves greats this time as well.

“At every camp we focus on role model and leadership, team work, consideration of others,” said camp director Rachel Rudolf. “We try to display how these kids can achieve the fullness of their potential in sports and in life.”

Jordan patrolled the outfield with the Braves from 1999-2001, having achieving All-Star status during his 1999 season for the first and only time in his career. Jordan also played safety for the Falcons from1989-1991.

Klesko spent his first seven seasons (1992-1999) with the Braves before ending his career with the San Francisco Giants after the 2007 season. And Nixon enjoyed a 17-year career notching over 1300 hits and 600 stolen bases. Each player has continued to make an impact in the lives of baseball’s next generation of players, both on and off the field as camp conductors and motivational speakers.

Nixon, for example, began On-Track Ministries following his retirement in 1999 and has traveled the nation sharing his story about overcoming drug addictions.

Rudolf said she looks for high quality athletes as well as citizens to help run these camps.

“We did a camp in Macon with [Jordan and Klesko] a couple of weeks ago and it was very successful,” Rudolf said. “They do an excellent job with the kids in all areas, and we are expecting to have a great time with this camp as well.”

The camp will begin at 8 am and wind down at 3pm and will include lunch, a scrimmage with the pro athletes and an autograph session with Jordan after.

Registration is $95 and can be done online at everettsm.com or by calling (864) 350-1222.

Rudolf said she is expecting the camp to draw upwards of 60 kids, but that won’t keep the young athletes from getting plenty of attention from the star guests.

“Kids are going to be able to get some really great one-on-one time with the pros,” Rudolf said.