Monday, April 20, 2015

Free Skills and Drills Football Clinic for Birmingham's Youth

The Birmingham Public Library is excited to host UNMASK! with the Cotchery Foundation. Jerricho Cotchery, one of Birmingham’s native sons, has teamed up with the library to host yet another amazing series of events for the 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program, UNMASK!

Born in 1982, Cotchery grew up to be an incredible athlete. He excelled at Phillips High School in Birmingham and attended North Carolina State University. The New York Jets drafted him in 2004, the Pittsburgh Steelers added him to their roster in 2010, and in 2014 he joined the Carolina Panthers.

Named for the famous Biblical city, Jerricho is deeply committed to his faith and to community outreach. He was moved to start the Cotchery Foundation in January 2007 as a result of his own personal memories and experiences growing up. He and his foundation have set out to "show that anyone can do extraordinary things if they have the desire and passion." Cotchery has made it his mission to show that any individual can make a significant difference in the lives of others.

For the past eight years, The Cotchery Foundation has hosted a FREE Skills and Drills Football Clinic with Jerricho Cotchery. In 2009, The Foundation asked the Birmingham Public Library to join them to enrich the experience. In order to register for the 2015 Skills and Drills Football Clinic, youth from 11-17 must be an active participant in the Score Big with UNMASK! component of the UNMASK! summer reading program. Seven points are necessary to qualify. Youth may score points by registering for the program (1 point), reading an entire magazine (3 points), and reading an entire book (6 points). UNMASK! registration and Skills and Drills Clinic forms are available at all Birmingham Public Library locations. The completed registration forms must be returned to the library by June 5. At least two hundred participants will be selected to attend the 2015 Skills and Drills Football Clinic on June 20, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Legion Field. Those selected will be notified by June 12.

In addition to being eligible for the Skills and Drills Football Clinic, all those who UNMASK! are invited to a FREE Teen Tailgate Party at Birmingham Public Library on June 19, 2015. The celebration will take place on the first floor of the Central Library, located at 2100 Park Place, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. There will be music, dancing, photo-ops with Jerricho, food, and lots of fun. Tickets are required and are available at all BPL locations.

Registration for UNMASK! with the Cotchery Foundation opens May 1. Visit any Birmingham Public Library location for registration materials and additional information.


kimberley broom said...

My son has attended for the last past two years and it has been a joy. He really gets to learn a lot from Mr. Cotchery and staff. I enjoy the parents session that is held during the tailgate party, hosted by Mrs. Cotchery wonderful information and tips on parenting. I hate that after next year he want be able to continue with this wonderful program, I pray that God continues to bless the Cotchery Foundation with much success.
Kimberley R. Broom

Tressa said...

Thank you so much for this positive comment. We're so glad you and your
son enjoy the Cotchery Foundation events. The Birmingham Public Library is honored to be a partner in these endeavors. Please be sure to continue visiting the library this summer for additional programs and special events.
—Janine Langston, librarian and
coordinator of BPL's western region