Former pro athletes are among the coaches at Grace Christian Academy summer sports camps

Former pro athletes are among the coaches at Grace Christian Academy summer sports camps

Grace Christian Academy Athletics will host kids of all ages this summer with sport-specific camps staffed by former professional athletes.

Open to the community, GCA is offering Summer Sports Camps in baseball, football, golf, soccer, basketball, and volleyball for boys and girls of all skill levels.

“You can find a sports camp on almost every corner,” GCA Athletic Director, Len McKnatt said in a press release announcing the camps. “What you can’t find are coaches who want to pour into your young men and women on and off the playing fields and courts. You will find that at GCA this summer. We are excited to offer expert coaching in multiple sports along with mentoring your children. We want to make a spiritual impact on them as we teach them the fundamentals of each sport.”

Former NFL quarterback and GCA Head Football Coach Rusty Smith, will begin Padded Lineman Camp on June 11 for rising fifth through eighth graders. The coaching staff for Padded Lineman Camp also includes six-year veteran offensive lineman, Byron Stingily, ten-year veteran defensive lineman Paul Grasmanis, seven-year veteran offensive lineman Bubba Miller, and seven-year veteran defensive lineman Karl Klug.

“Over the years, many families have contacted me regarding a quality Padded Lineman Camp for their son to attend over the summer, and I could never suggest one of any caliber that
was close enough in proximity to Middle Tennessee, Smith said. So, I started thinking, I know enough guys to help put one together; let’s just start our own. Campers will
receive high-quality coaching from four former NFL veterans, all having six years of playing experience or more. You won’t find this type of coaching anywhere!”

Hosted by 11-year Major League Baseball veteran, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Award Winner Chase Headley, with GCA Head Baseball Coach, Brad Myers, the Junior Lions Fundamentals Baseball Camp begins on June 10 for rising kindergarten through sixth graders, with Advanced Baseball Camp beginning on June 11 for rising seventh through 12th graders.

PGA and Top 50 Junior Instructors in America, Ben Pellicani, with Pro Instructor and GCA Head Golf Coach, Chuck Hammett, will host a Co-ed Golf Camp beginning on July 9 for rising sixth through 12th graders at the Westhaven Golf Course. Junior Lions Soccer Camp, as well as Boys Advanced Soccer and Girls Advanced Soccer Camps each begin on June 17, as does Junior Lions Volleyball Camp. Three different Basketball Camps are offered in July, with Junior Lions Co-ed Basketball Camp beginning on July 8, and Advanced Boys Shooting/Competition Camp and Advanced Girls Basketball Camp each beginning on July 15.

For a full listing and description of all available GCA Sports Camps, and to register online for the camps of your choice, visit
Additional questions may be emailed to Tricia Summers at

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