Two local football players have been selected to play in the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl.
Cameron Albright of North Cobb High School will play in the East division while Keegan Karim of Harrison High School will play in the West division. The all-star game is designed to showcase the top high school junior football players in Georgia. The game will stream live on ESPN3 and be available on demand shortly after the event at PlayOn! Sports’ Georgia portal: http://ghsa.playonsports.com.
But first, Albright and Karim will go through a developmental program known as RisingSeniors that begins today.
“It should be mandatory for all potential college athletes to go through something like the RisingSeniors program," said Chase Roberts, veteran RisingSeniors player, Georgia Tech offensive lineman and Greater Atlanta Christian graduate. "During the week, we covered everything from SAT testing to learning how to handle your money responsibly. My favorite part of the week was going to the hospital and telethon while we were working with the Curing Kids Cancer Association. We all enjoyed the football part of the week, but Mr. Burns and Mr. Reese made sure that we knew the main goal was trying to develop yourself as a total person, with or without football. I can honestly say after this week I have a new perspective on football and the importance of giving back to your community."
This year, the RisingSeniors football camp will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 29, for any freshmen, sophomores or juniors who want to participate.
“Our goal at RisingSeniors is to help student athletes understand that, because of football, they have learned everything they need to be successful in life," co-fouinder Joe Burns said. "They have learned how to work with others, deal with adversity and mental toughness. If they can take all of that off the field, the sky is the limit. We want these young men to know they are so much bigger than football. Use sports to get a great education because it will prepare you for the most important quarter you will ever play: the 5th quarter. That quarter starts immediately after you take off your uniform for the last time.”
The event will wrap up Dec. 31 with the bowl game at Grady Stadium.