Kops for Kids foot­ball camp scores big with lo­cal stu­dents

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The Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice School Re­source Unit held its an­nual Kops for Kids Foot­ball Camp at North Point High School from June 21-23.

The event kicked off with mo­ti­va­tional speeches about the im­por­tance of team­work from Coach An­thony “Mase” Ma­son and Sher­iff Troy D. Berry (D), who re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of team­work and also stressed the sig­nif­i­cance of ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

About 60 stu­dents from across the county par­tic­i­pated in the camp, dur­ing which they cov­ered the ba­sics of foot­ball and en­joyed some flag-foot­ball games against one an­other. Through­out the camp, stu­dents played and prac­ticed with of­fi­cers who of­fered men­tor­ship in foot­ball and facets of life such as health and safety.

“We want to give them some­thing to do dur­ing the sum­mer and teach them about team­work and do­ing their best,” Pfc. Pa­trick Mann, or­ga­nizer for the event, said in a news re­lease. “We try to keep the kids cool and have some fun.”

Elias Brock, an in­com­ing fourth grader at Berry El­e­men­tary School, was one of the stu­dents that par­tic­i­pated in the camp. He said that his fa­vorite part of the camp was play­ing flag foot­ball.

“I re­ally like the com­pe­ti­tion,” Brock said in the re­lease. He also thanked the of­fi­cers and vol­un­teers for their time. “Thank you for help­ing us achieve our goals.”

In ad­di­tion to learn­ing the ba­sics of foot­ball and play­ing the sport, stu­dents were also taught sev­eral lessons ap­pli­ca­ble to their daily lives — cov­er­ing top­ics in­clud­ing nutri­tion, per­se­ver­ance, lead­er­ship and sports­man­ship.

The CCSO had as­sis­tance from many vol­un­teers in­clud­ing for­mer Wash­ing­ton Red­skin and cur­rent La Plata foot­ball coach Rod Mil­stead, as well as stu­dent ath­letes at La Plata, North Point and West­lake high schools who helped of­fi­cers coach and train the stu­dents. Sue Poole and Eileen Sh­lagel, nurses from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, vol­un­teered their time to make sure the stu­dents re­mained hy­drated and healthy.

The Kops for Kids Foot­ball Camp is one of five sum­mer camps spon­sored an­nu­ally by the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice School Re­source Unit, the oth­ers be­ing the Ladies Lead­er­ship Soc­cer Camp, the Sum­mer Youth Achieve­ment Pro­gram, the Just Say No camp and the Badges for Base­ball Camp.

Event spon­sors in­cluded the Wal­dorf Jaycees, Charles County Pub­lic Schools, Chick-fil-A, UTZ chips and Lit­tle Caesar’s.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice School Re­source Unit held its an­nual Kops for Kids Foot­ball Camp at North Point High School from June 21-23. The of­fi­cers pic­tured are Lt. C. Baker, Sgt. R. Vaughn, Sgt. W. Welch, Cpl. M. DePaulo, Cpl. R. An­der­son, Pfc. K. Burger, Pfc. S. Cook, Pfc. L. Payne, Pfc. J. Thomp­son, Pfc. T. Smith, Pfc. P. Mann, Pfc. A. Up­shaw and Pfc. D. Sny­der.

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