Pros Put Kids Through the Paces at Youth Fitness Camp

Hundreds of boys and girls had the run of Redskins Park this weekend during the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office’s Youth Fitness Camp hosted by NFL Legends.

The two-day camp—free to the youths ages 6 to 17—featured a pro football style combine led by former NFL players. The event included physical tests and drills intended to help determine a player’s speed, quickness, strength and agility as well as demonstrate their ability in one-on-one competition.

However, the most significant element of the program may have been the mentorship offered by the former NFL stars, former Redskins Gary Clark, safety Clarence Vaughn, and linebacker Ravin Caldwell among them. They stressed themes of honoring parents, respecting teammates, sportsmanship and pushing themselves to achieve more.

Sheriff Mike Chapman hopes to make the summer sports camp an annual event.

Defensive back John Booty told Youth Fitness Camp participants about his struggles as an undersized teen who used his speed and elusiveness to win a spot on his high school football team, get a junior college transfer to Texas Christian University, become a 10th draft choice by the New York Jets, and a seven-year NFL career.
[Norman K. Styer/Loudoun Now]

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