Sher­iff’s of­fice leads youth flag foot­ball camp

Sher­iff’s of­fice and school sys­tem hold youth flag foot­ball camp

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More than 90 ele­men­tary schoolaged kids were out on the fields of St. Charles High School for a foot­ball camp last week led by mem­bers of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Helmed by 16 school re­source of­fi­cers (SRO), the camp was held June 22 to 24 for stu­dents in third, fourth and fifth grades, with some sixth graders also in at­ten­dance.

“We want to give back to our com­mu­nity that we serve,” Of­fi­cer Pa­trick Mann, an 11-year vet­eran of the sher­iff’s of­fice who has been a SRO for nine years, said in a re­lease. Cur­rently serv­ing at St. Charles, Mann has helped with the camp since its start five years ago.

“I like work­ing with kids, it’s like be­ing in a neigh­bor­hood,” Mann said. “But the school is my neigh­bor­hood.”

Christo­pher Bald­win, an in­com­ing fifth-grader at T.C. Martin Ele­men­tary School, at­tended camp with his twin brother, Ken­neth. It was their first time at foot­ball camp.

“It helps you work on your speed, on your tech­nique,” Bald­win said. “You can work on your ath­leti­cism a lit­tle.”

Wait­ing their turn to get timed — best out of three — for the 40-me­ter dash, Eli­jah Beck­with, a fourth grader at William B. Wade Ele­men­tary School and Sion Bell, a fifth grader at Eva Turner Ele­men­tary School, held sim­i­lar views to Bald­win’s.

“You learn a lot,” Beck­with said about the camp.

“Cuz I love it,” Bell chimed in, adding that his fam­ily mem­bers played foot­ball, fos­ter­ing in him a love of the game.

The first two days of camp were spent run­ning drills and learn­ing skills, said Janelle Love, a CCSO spokes­woman. The fi­nal day in­cluded tour­na­ment games and when not play­ing foot­ball, campers took turns in a bounce house or at the games trailer that was there to cel­e­brate the end of camp.

The re­source of­fi­cers held a Badges for Base­ball camp this week, with the month of July de­voted to its in­vi­ta­tion-only Youth Achieve­ment camp.

“The sum­mer youth camps or­ga­nized by our school re­source of­fi­cers are in­valu­able to the com­mu­nity. They al­low the of­fi­cers to con­tinue to build re­la­tion­ships with the stu­dents through­out the sum­mer, and they also give the kids some­thing pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive to par­tic­i­pate in,” Sher­iff Troy Berry (D) said. “Sports of­fer im­por­tant life lessons about dis­ci­pline, try­ing your best and trust­ing your team­mates.”

The spon­sors of the foot­ball camp in­clude the Cal Rip­ken Se­nior Foun- da­tion, Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, Wal­dorf Jaycees, Crown Tro­phy, UTZ, Lit­tle Cae­sars and Chick-fil-A. Kathy Al­massey and Eileen Sh­lagel, reg­is­tered nurses with the Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter vol­un­teered as well, sta­tioned near the mist­ing tent.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

An­dre Free­land, left, a ris­ing fourth grader at J.C. Parks Ele­men­tary School, and Carter Austin, a ris­ing fifth grader at Dr. James Craik Ele­men­tary School, do warm up ex­er­cises dur­ing a foot­ball camp led by school re­source of­fi­cers with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Ken­neth Bald­win, a ris­ing fifth grader at T.C. Martin Ele­men­tary School, gets ready to run a 40-me­ter dash dur­ing a foot­ball camp led by school re­source of­fi­cers with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Joseph Zanko, left, a ris­ing sixth grader at Mil­ton M. Somers Mid­dle School, and Cay­den Wil­liams, a ris­ing fourth grader at Dr. Sa­muel A. Mudd Ele­men­tary School, stretch before prac­tic­ing drills dur­ing a foot­ball camp led by school re­source of­fi­cers with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

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