Daleville Parks and Recreation held a 10-day football and cheerleading camp for young athletes in the Daleville area from June 17 through June 28.

An average of 34 football players and 26 cheerleaders came out to camp each day over the 10 days the camp was offered.

“It was a really good turnout,” Daleville Recreation Department Director Brooke Beasley said. “We had way more kids than we expected, even in the middle of the week like on Wednesdays or rainy days.

“When it rained we still held camp inside and had a big turnout even on those days.”

Current Daleville football players and former Daleville football stars all came out to help coach at the camp alongside Daleville’s youth football coaches, as well. DHS cheerleaders also came out to help coach the youth cheerleaders throughout the camp.

“We had a lot of participation from parents and our rec league coaches and all the current and former players and cheerleaders this year,” Beasley said. “It was really great to see that.”

Beasley said that it’s important to keep children excited about sports, even in the summer time when most sports are dormant.

“It’s very important to hold camps in the community throughout the summer because we need to try and keep kids interested in sports and activities that are going on throughout the year and keep them active,” she emphasized. “We want to be able to keep them engaged and active all summer long.”

Beasley also said that the recreation department will be holding a special party for those campers that also signed up to compete in the city’s youth football league on July 12. The party will feature a water slide and an obstacle course alongside a grilled lunch. It will take place from 1 until 5 p.m.

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