Panthers hold training camp for pint-sized athletes

By Rick Henry - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Thanks to the Carolina Panthers, kids can train like they're NFL players for just one day, but hopefully the lessons they learn will last a lifetime.

For one hot afternoon, Meadowlake Park is transformed into a mini training camp. The kids are working on their running, passing, and catching skills by doing the same drills the Panthers do.

Columbia is one of the stops for the Carolina Panthers Junior Training Camp. Panthers staff members will travel to about 50 communities this summer  as part of the NFL's Play60 campaign. The goal is to encourage children to play outside at least 60 minutes every day.

"It's a fun time to be outside instead of being inside watching TV or playing video games," said camp trainer David Traylor. "They can be outside learning about football, learning about staying hydrated, learning what it takes to be successful on and off the field."

The message definitely didn't fall on deaf ears for Caleb Hughes.

"I think it was fun that we got to exercise instead of just laying on the couch and doing nothing," said Hughes.

Another lesson taught was the importance of teamwork.

"That we all work together and have fun it's not about winning," said Joshua Lee. "It doesn't matter if you win or lose."

"It's all about teamwork," said Hughes. "You win together and lose together, so that's all I have to say."

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