Chesapeake youth football camp battles the heat


The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office held their 9th annual 2018 Children Today Leaders Tomorrow Youth Football Camp and it was a scorcher.

“I cannot take heat,” said camp-goer Jayson Harden.

It was so hot, coordinators say a good chunk of the camp-goers didn’t return for day two.

“The most we’ve had is this year. We had 200 at the start of yesterday but today we had 156 back due to the heat,” said Captain Chris Pasol. 

Harden says he’s been staying close to the coolers during drills. 

“Drinking a lot of water from there and I’ve been eating some ice from there too,” he explained.

Pascol says the players take a break every hour to hit the shade and they’ve come prepared for the heat. 

“We have plenty of water, plenty of Gatorade, plenty of Propel water, from donations to the water buffalos that the school gives,” he listed.

He says medics are keeping a close eye on all the players and staff.

“We also have CHKD who volunteers their time, so if someone gets too hot or whatever they can take care of them,” he said.

However, Harden says the camp’s been about way more than learning to survive in this heat.

“They’ve been coaching us good, telling us routes, giving us ideas on how to tackle better without trying to break your back,” said Harden with a smile. 

Pascol says the camp is equally rewarding for the deputies who get to teach the kids life lessons on the sidelines.

“If we could let every deputy that wanted to volunteer, we’d have more deputies than kids,” Pascol said.

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