Coach Tate Foundation

2015 CTF brings annual youth football

Coach Tate Foundation brings annual youth football camp to western Burke

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Washington Redskins defensive end Kedric Goldston (left) observes Salem youngster Mordecai White in a cutback running drill during the 2013 Coach Tate Foundation Football Camp.FILE PHOTO/THE NEWS HERALD

After four years in the eastern end of Burke County, the Coach Tate Foundation is bringing its football camp to Patton High School in Morganton. The camp is known as a CEI-SAM event, which stands for “Community Education in Sports, Arts and Music.”

The Coach Tate Foundation was created in honor and memory of the late Coach Johnny Tate. Tate was a longtime youth coach in Drexel. His eldest daughter, Phrantceena Halres, leads the foundation and the camp to continue his legacy.

The foundation and the camp seek to create community awareness through sports. Law enforcement, emergency medical technicians and firefighters are expected to be present at the camp in addition to an open invitation to the entire community.

The foundation leaders have a goal of 400-500 participants for the camp, and children ages 6-12 may participate. Adding to draw for the camp will be the presence of Washington Redskins player Kedric Golston. Numerous college and high school players will volunteer as instructors for the camp as well.

The Coach Tate Foundation Football Camp will kick off Monday from 6-9 p.m. The festivities that night will include a cookout, magician and a DJ. The camp will continue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday with a focus on skills, drills and the classroom. An awards ceremony will follow where each camp participant will receive a certificate.

Additionally, each camp participant will receive a T-shirt, mouthpiece and Tuesday lunch. Registration for the camp is $30. For an extra $10, participants can receive a signed copy of Halres’ book, “Our 6th Sense and Purpose.”

All proceeds from the camp go towards to the continuance of the CEI-SAM initiative, which seeks to enrich children in areas such as music, art and culinary skills in addition to honing athletic abilities. The foundation is also exploring relocating its headquarters from Charlotte to Morganton and has purchased land in attempt to realize that possibility.

For more information about the Coach Tate Foundation and the football camp, visit or call 919-255-8054.

Justin Epley can be reached at or 828-432-8943.