USF football Coach Willie Taggart will return to his roots next week, as the fourth-year Bulls coach and USF coaching staff will conduct Willie Taggart’s DGA (Dreams, Goals & Aspirations) Camp at Lincoln Park in Palmetto a coaches clinic in Bradenton.
The Willie Taggart DGA Camp will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at Lincoln Park, 501 17th Street East in Palmetto. Registration begins at 8 a.m., the football camp will be held from 9 a.m. until noon. The camp is free and open to students entering grades 1-8. Lunch and T-shirts will be available for sale. Campers are encouraged to register at USFFootballCamps.com.
During the one-day camp, Coach Taggart and his staff will teach young players the fundamentals of football. The fields where the camp is being held are right across the street from Taggart’s childhood home.
“This is where I grew up, so it’s important to go back and tell these kids they need to dream big,” Taggart said. “Football has been everything to me; it gave me an opportunity to fulfill my dreams and hopefully it can fulfill some of those other kids’ dreams.”
According to the camp website, the camp is designed to “enhance the youngest player’s football experience, teaching campers proper techniques and fundamentals with an emphasis on making football a fun experience.”
A coaches clinic for all youth league coaches will be held Monday, July 18 at the 13th Avenue Dream Center in Bradenton. Taggart and the USF staff will work with youth coaches (grades 1st through 8th) from 6-9 p.m. Admission to the coaches clinic is $5, with coaches encouraged to register at USFFootballCamps.com.
Manatee County Commissioner Charles Smith, whose district includes Palmetto, is helping organize the event. Last month USF Assistant Coach Raymond Woodie contacted Manatee County Commissioner Charles Smith with an idea to host the camp in Palmetto as a way for Woodie and Taggart to give back to the community where they’re from.
“We’re dealing with some of the greatest role models to ever come out of Manatee County,” Smith said.
“Coach Taggart’s work will change lives in this community. He and his staff grew up here and made something positive of themselves. It’s important for the young children of the community to understand they can be anything they want. Seeing these USF leaders will keep our children out of trouble and set a high bar to follow.”
Smith and Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant are leading the charge to find volunteers and sponsors to help make the camp a success. Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department is helping to organize the event.
“This is going to be a really special event and there’s already a lot of excitement surrounding it,” Bryant said. “We’re looking forward to the USF Bulls being i n Palmetto.”
Anyone interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event can call Commissioner Smith at (941) 745-3702 or Mayor Bryant at (941) 7234570. Parents wishing to register their children for the free camp can do so online at http://www.usffootballcamps.com/willie-taggart-dga-camp.cfm
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