As August approaches in Tallulah, so too does what has become a local tradition for youngsters preparing for a new school year. On Mon., Aug. 2, Tallulah native Brandon Gultery will kick off the 2021 Coach “G” Academy with an “Under the Lights’’ event at Madison High School.
Gultery, who has been hosting the annual youth sports camp for seven years, said the idea for the event was born of a desire to give back to his hometown, as well as to honor his own father.
“I wanted to give back like my father, coach Robert Gultery Sr., and his successful 45-plus years of coaching Tallulah youth to excellence, while giving back to my hometown,” Gultery said.
And the younger of the Gulterys has plenty of coaching experience himself from which he can draw.
A 2004 graduate of Reuben McCall High School, Gultery was a member of the 2001 state championship basketball team, as well as a standout football player under former head coach Levi Washington before moving on to a successful collegiate football career at Grambling State University. Gultery has since spent ten years coaching basketball, baseball, football and track-and-field in Frisco, Texas, Carroll High School in Monroe and Madison High School. He currently serves as head boys basketball coach at Southwood High School, a 5A program in Shreveport.
As always, this year’s academy, which will be held Tues., Aug. 3 at MHS, is free to all children ages 5 to 17, but Gultery said spots are limited. The “Daytime Bootcamp” portion of the academy will be held from 8 a.m. until noon, while Monday night’s “Under the Lights” kickoff will be held from 6 until 8:30 p.m.
Gultery said this year’s camp is especially meaningful to him, as it will be held in memory of the late Kelvin Brooks.
“This year’s Coach 'G' Academy is in honor of the great ambassador of the city of Tallulah, my brother Kelvin Brooks,” Gultery said. “It would not be right if Coach G and family did not do it ‘Bigg’ this year.”
Gultery said, aside from teaching kids the fundamentals of good sportsmanship, he hopes those in attendance will also learn the importance of giving back.
“My personal wish for the city of Tallulah is every Tallulah native currently living in the city and across the country takes one day out of their 365 to give back to a special place we all call home.”
To register for this year’s Coach “G” Academy, those interested should email email@example.com.