Former All-State Enterprise player T.J. Barnes will come to Enterprise on June 29 to host his second T.J. Barnes Youth Skills Camp at Bates Memorial Stadium.
Open to youth seven through 16 years of age, the free camp begins at 9 a.m. and will include lessons in sportsmanship, character and skill development, according to Barnes -- who most recently signed with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League after a successful stint with the Atlanta Legends in the short-lived Alliance of American Football.
Barnes first entered the NFL as a Jacksonville Jaguar in 2013.
“It is my honor to have had the opportunity to represent the city of Enterprise in high school, college and currently on the professional level,” Barnes said on social media. “Now I want to give back the knowledge I’ve learned over the years to the upcoming youth. That’s why my team and I are excited to bring back (the camp).”
Alongside Barnes will be several former Enterprise standouts including Dexter Hart, Randy Hart, and his father Terry Jones, who was a high school All-American in both his junior and senior year at EHS. Jones played on the Wildcats’ 1979 state championship team under Coach Bill Bacon before playing ball at Auburn.
Barnes -- who was rated as 18th best prospect in Alabama by Rivals.com before signing with Georgia Tech and earning All-ACC honors -- also said there could be some surprise appearances as camp coaches.
Camp activities include football fundamental drills, group lessons and a seven-on-seven flag football tournament that is open to adults, as well.
“We aim to provide a fun-filled experience, promote healthy physical activity, teach participants the skills, rules, strategies and discipline of football, and encourage good sportsmanship and teamwork,” said Barnes. “We will also help build character by offering a team experience, regardless of individual ability, by stressing skill development and positive attitudes. We will end the youth camp with a flag football game, and the flag football tournament will allow camp participants, community adults and former Enterprise standouts the opportunity to join together and play.”
Lunch is included as part of the free camp. Children are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. for check-in and to come with workout clothes, a pair of cleats or tennis shoes and a great attitude.
The camp concludes at 1 p.m.