The WES Foundation plans to return to Conway June 28-29 on the heels of a successful 2018 camp, to once again offer all Horry County families an opportunity to participate in a day of unity, drills, fun activities, prizes and free nutritious and delicious meals.
Last year’s camp brought students from all over the county, and coaches, volunteers and speakers from across the country causing Conway Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy to herald it as “something we’ve been searching for and are grateful for the foresight of all involved to bring all children and families together for a cause larger than the individual.”
This year promises to add even more excitement and education on and off the field with both returning and new coaches, sponsors and volunteers. This year there will be a cheerleading component for rising third through eighth graders.
Another major addition this year is the “Beyond the Ball Banquet” featuring keynote speaker Marcus Lattimore.
The Marcus Lattimore Foundation will hold its camp Saturday in Myrtle Beach.
“I’m honored to be asked to pour into more young lives with the local coaches of the WES Foundation from my personal experience. I’ve always enjoyed giving back to the area; and when Coach Everette Sands asked, it was an easy yes for me,” said Lattimore, who is currently serving at USC as the director of player development.
A catered banquet will be held at the Billy Gardner Recreation Facility, 1515 Mill Pond Road, Conway from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The attire is business casual and is open to the public. Ticket sales will run from May 5 through June 3. There will be live entertainment and a silent auction. VIP Sponsor seating will be designated, as well as reserved space for all registered campers and family members who excelled during the past year through the Rec League.
“We wanted to do something more to recognize our community members as well as those who travel to serve our students from around the country. As we continue to expand, our goal is to create the next generation of not just great athletes, but superior students -- from sports to service and leadership. We aim to leave a legacy that their families can be proud of. Marcus Lattimore is a stand-up guy and a dynamic speaker. He brings an element of additional positive energy and excellent expertise both on and off the field to our camp. The work he’s done and the records he still holds as a USC Gamecock speak for themselves. What I’m most excited about is what he will bring to our campers when it comes to day-to-day life when there is no field involved.
“Our goal is a unified and committed community, and we’ve no doubt that the WES Foundation, along with its sponsors, volunteers, coaches and community leaders will provide just that,” said founder Everette Sands
Camp registration opens Monday for rising third to eighth graders; and onsite registration will be accepted one hour before kickoff, which is at 8:30 a.m. at the Conway Recreation Center. Camp day closes at 2:30 p.m. All equipment, food, beverages and safety will be provided. Anyone who has cleats is encouraged to you bring them.
Corporate sponsorship slots are still available, but going fast with many returning and new sponsors.