Former professional basketball player Brian Demarco Williams and his group “Sports by the Sea” have teamed up with the Town of Kure Beach to run a Flag Football League for athletes between 5-14 years old. This is the latest endeavor by Williams to help bring a fun, competitive atmosphere to kids in the Wilmington area.
“As an athlete, I’m very aware of both the benefits and dangers of sports,” said Williams. “Sports is a great avenue to gain confidence, accomplishment, a fit lifestyle, amongst other vital characteristics that make up a quality person.”
Williams said he is well aware of the dangers associated with sports and that the partnership between his group and Kure Beach was to create a safe and enjoyable alternative to America’s favorite sport: football.
The program will be held on Saturday mornings, starting September 12, and run through October 17. Athletes will be divided based on age and/or skill level for fun, improvement, and safety purposes. The Kure Beach Flag Football League is open to both boys and girls and provides a non-contact environment to help kids learn and develop traits that can help benefit them in the years ahead.
“While there may be no way to completely take the physicality out of a sport which is founded in contact, the Kure Beach League dramatically minimizes the chance of injury by implementing no running (only passing) zones in situations where extreme collisions would be expected,” Williams said. “In addition, each of the positions are skilled positions (quarterback, wide receiver, running back, etc.), therefore the need for blocking and tackling is eliminated.”
Williams has put on hundreds of clinics over the last four years since retiring from professional basketball in 2012. A native of Vicenza, Italy, he attended Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, and eventually went on to play college basketball, attending the University of California, Virginia Commonwealth University and American University.
During a 10-year pro career, he played in Europe, China and briefly in the NBA.
The Kure Beach Flag Football League schedule will be released this week, ahead of the first games. The cost to participate is $60 per person, or $40 for siblings. For more information or to obtain a registration form, visit www.townofkurebeach.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org