Former Redskins player Santana Moss signs participants’ shoes and shirts.
It’s not every day that kids get trained by NFL legends and learn what it takes to be a professional football player. Loudoun youths got to do just that the weekend of June 24, thanks to the first ever Youth Fitness Camp at Redskins Park.
The two-day camp was open to Loudoun residents ages six to 17. The kids participated in warm up drills, a combine challenge, a visit by special guest Santana Moss and an awards ceremony. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Washington Redskins to put on the camp at the team’s Ashburn training facility.
Community partners and sponsors funded the event, making it free to all participants, LCSO Public Information Officer Aleksandra Kowalski said.
NFL Legends Gary Clark, Clarence Vaughn, John Booty and Ravin Caldwell helped run the camp along with LCSO deputies and the deputies’ families who volunteered.
Clark helps run camps like this one every year. He said he’s always been a competitive person and enjoys encouraging this in kids and seeing them learn perseverance and sportsmanship.
“You gotta always focus and work to get better,” Clark said. “Each time you fail, you work to get better so you don’t fail again.”
Kowalski said she hopes to put on more training camps and events in the future and that the Sheriff’s Office’s relationship with the Redskins continues to grow and evolve. And the community support was overwhelming, Kowalski said. Local businesses and nonprofits sponsored t-shirts, meals and goodie bags for the kids which included items like gift cards and meal vouchers to Chik-Fil-A and Hail and Hog.
“The camp helped cops and the community come together,” Kowalski said.