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Champions Camp in Hollister to be held July 13

On Saturday, July 13, the inaugural Champions Branson/Hollister Youth Camp will be held at Hollister High School’s football field. Organized by Hogtown Memorabilia, the camp will engage local youth in a fun-filled, inspirational morning of sports, including the opportunity to meet and interact with Kansas City Chiefs players Trent McDuffie and Nick Bolton.


Kenny Gavin of Hogtown Memorabilia said he has been excited to bring Champions Camp to the Tri-Lakes community, where the already family-friendly atmosphere helps create the ideal setting for a youth-focused event. Support from local area businesses and sponsors has been great, said Gavin, with special thanks to Karen Best, Reneé Johnson, and the Best Team of Keller Williams Tri-Lakes for their advocacy for youth sports.


Camp will kick off with registration at 8 a.m. and is open to kids aged 6 to 16 years old. Those interested are encouraged to secure their spot promptly, as the number of available openings is limited in order to ensure everyone has a great camp experience. Gavin’s goal is to make camp accessible for any interested youth, and the $150 fee is a bargain compared to some similar camps as it covers the entire experience, including a photo and T-shirt as well as the opportunity to interact with the Chiefs players and obtain autographs. In addition to Bolton and McDuffie, there’s a possibility of surprise appearances by other players.


There are also sponsorships that offer free registrations for any student who cannot financially afford the fee, and Gavin wants to see word spread to area youth who may not have dared hope for such an opportunity. Several local businesses are already on board as sponsors, and additional sponsorships are available. Your business or group can support local youth while gaining exposure with NFL players, including a possible social media shout-out from McDuffie and/or Bolton.


To register a child for the camp, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Gavin via the website,


Gavin expressed thanks to Hollister High School for the use of their facilities and for their commitment to youth development and community engagement. “This is just the beginning,” he said. “We envision hosting more camps like this in coming years.” Gavin is also looking forward to being even more involved himself in the Branson and Hollister communities, as Hogtown Memorabilia, currently located in northwest Arkansas as the name implies, is working on opening a Branson location on West 76 Country Blvd.


“We extend our deepest gratitude to Hollister High School and the Tri-Lakes community for their support in making this camp possible,” said Gavin. “We’re excited to welcome the Kansas City Chiefs and to create lasting memories for our young athletes.”

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