Sponsored by Academy Sports and Outdoors and Outback Steakhouse, this camp is scheduled to last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to youth from any school or league. The $95 registration fee includes lunch. All proceeds will go to South Paulding High School.
For the autograph signing, Nixon will be at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Hiram from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., while Jordan will be at Outback Steakhouse on Douglas Boulevard in Douglasville from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Nixon was a 17-year veteran with more than 1,300 hits and 600 stolen bases. After he retired, Nixon began On-Track ministries and became a motivational speaker, sharing his story of overcoming addiction.
Jordan was a 14-year Major League Baseball veteran who played for the Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. He is also one of the only athletes to play in the Major Leagues and NFL — with the Atlanta Falcons.
Everett Sports Marketing, based in South Carolina with an office in Athens, was started in 2010 by Dan Everett, founder of Sic ’Um Dog Signatures, a UGA sports memorabilia provider.
“ESM specializes in coordinating and hosting events for current and former professional baseball and football players. ESM has hosted and negoatiated store opening appearances, meet and greet events, private events, football camps, baseball camps and sponsorships for our athletes,” said Everett Sports event coordinator Rachel Rudolph.
Aside from this upcoming event, Everett Sports has organized other professional camps.
“This is our second baseball camp with former Braves stars. We have hosted youth football camps all over the state with former UGA and Falcons stars D.J. Shockley, David Greene, Lindsay Scott, Quentin Moses and more,” Rudolph said.
The camps Everett coordinates are not simply sports event; the company also strives to serve as motivation and inspiration for the young participants, she said.
“ESM partnered with Nixon, Jordan and other former Braves to begin hosting these camps all over the state. The camps focus on baseball as well as role modeling and leadership. Each of these athletes will share their background, experiences, and obstacles they have had to overcome with the youth and hope to be able to serve as role models and inspirations,” Rudolph said.
She explained that the location for this camp was influenced by South Paulding baseball coach Pecos Galamore.
“We felt SPHS was a great fit based on location and interest from coach Galamore,” Rudolph said.
Rudolph said Jordan and Nixon will be the only former pro athletes there, but they will be there all day and other local coaches will come to help out.
To register for the camp visit www.everettsm.com.