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11th Annual Pro Football Camp Coming July 2018

The doctors of OrthoLA along with The Sports Medicine Center at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center invite you to our 11th annual Pro Football Camp. Camp will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 starting at 7:30 am at Guidry Stadium at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Some of the pro players, former pro players, and coaches that plan on attending camp this year are:

  • Phillip Livas
  • Jarvis Green
  • Skylar Green
  • Richard Dickson
  • Mark Roman
  • Trev Faulk
  • Kevin Faulk
  • Randall Gay
  • Eric Alexander
  • Al Woods
  • Travon Reed
  • Kenny Hilliard
  • Ronnie Estay
  • John Fourcade

The Pro Football Camp is about giving back to the community and we are proud to announce that since the camp has started we have given back $19,000 in scholarships to local athletes that have attended camp.

This is a great opportunity to speak with the players and see the good that they are doing.

If you have any questions or would like more information you can contact Dr. David Elias at OrthoLA at 985-625-2200 ext. 3207.

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Pro Football Camp Celebrates Ninth Year

Courtesy of The Daily Comet // Written by Chris Singleton

With dark clouds, heavy rain and dangerous lightning approaching, the organizers of the Pro Football Camp held at Nicholls State University had to make some in-game adjustments to keep things rolling on Friday.

With dark clouds, heavy rain and dangerous lightning approaching, the organizers of the Pro Football Camp held at Nicholls State University had to make some in-game adjustments to keep things rolling on Friday.

After completing the morning session in perfect weather, thunderstorms moved into the Thibodaux area during lunch at noon and kept camp coaches and players off the football field for more than an hour.

But camp organizers took advantage of the free time by assembling nearly 200 athletes from 35 high schools across the state in the Century Room of John L. Guidry Stadium for a question-and-answer session with former professional football players and current college and high school coaches. The camp also held its awards program during the weather delay.

Once the bad weather moved through the area, the camp coaches and players headed back out to the field where they ended the day’s events with an afternoon session that consisted of various football drills by position and a little 7-on-7 action.

Dr. David Elias of OrthoLA said it was the perfect way to close out the ninth year of the Pro Football Camp, which was sponsored by OrthoLA, Momentum Thibodaux Crossfit and the Sports Medicine Center at Thibodaux Regional.

“Everything worked out very well,” Dr. Elias said. “We learned from prior years. We’ve finally figured out how to deal with Mother Nature. We just adjusted the schedule and got everything in. It was another great year.”

The camp, which was for players in grades 8-12, was attended by several former NFL players, including ex-LSU athletes such as Richard Dickson, Skyler Green, Randall Gay, Mark Roman and Trev Faulk and former South Terrebonne/Louisiana Tech star Phillip Livas. Former Thibodaux High standout Trovon Reed, who is now playing defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks, and former LSU All-American and Canadian Football League Hall of Fame defensive tackle Ronnie “Crockett” Estay also attended.

Current college football players in Louisiana-Lafayette star running back Elijah McGuire, a former Vandebilt Catholic product, and Arkansas-Monticello receiver Trevon Smith, a former South Terrebonne standout, also contributed.

Nicholls head coach Tim Rebowe and his coaching staff and players also ran many of the drills at the camp.

Dr. Elias, who is the brother of camp creator Albert Elias, a local sports agent who died in his sleep due to cardiopulmonary causes at age 42 in 2012, said the camp was blessed to have another strong staff this year.

“Thank you all the high school coaches and Nicholls staff for helping us once again,” Dr. Elias said. “It gave us an incredible staff for these kids. I think this was our strongest staff we ever had. We’re very fortunate.”

H.L. Bourgeois football coach Carey Melvin said the camp was a great way for players to learn skills and get exposure.

“It’s a great evaluation tool for everyone here. It gives you a chance to meet coaches and players from other schools,” Melvin said. “You’ve got all these pro guys and college athletes here. It’s a chance for our players to meet them. It kind of teaches the young players how to give back not only to your schools but to the community.”

Ellender junior lineman Sedrick Williams said it was his second straight year attending the camp.

“Last year we just learned so much,” Williams said. “We came out here and competed and learned a lot. This year we wanted to come out here again. We had a great time out here again.”

It was the first time Thibodaux High receiver Rochon Washington attended the camp.

“I’m happy to be a part of this and be around people who have the same goal as me,” he said. “I learned a couple of new things that I could use. I’m glad I came out.”

The camp, which will award several college scholarships to selected senior athletes who attended next year, also attracted players from out of state.

Defensive tackle Dashawn Crawford, who has an offer from Nicholls and interest from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State, traveled all the way from Bay Springs, Miss., to attend the camp and visit the campus.

“Nicholls has a great program,” Crawford said. “The coaches told me this was a great camp to come to and I wanted to come here and play. It has been a fun experience. It’s great to be here.”

Elias said he wanted to thank all sponsors and contributors to the camp, including the staff at Thibodaux Regional and the office staff at OrthoLA.

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OrthoLA Expands to Houma Location

OrthoLA is happy to announce we are now seeing patients in Houma, La. Our new location is located 180 Corporate Drive at the Physicians Medical Center. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 985-625-2200.

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