Thursday, July 15, 2010

DRA Football Camp

Football at DRA is one of the most exciting times of year! The ranch has a different attitude all together. Everyone is excited and can't wait to either play in the games or watch the games either way the students are excited. This year the coaches took a little different approach to the season and started with a football camp of our own DRA style(tough,emotional, and rewarding)!! So on the first day the boys were woken up at 5 am!! Yes 5am and went on a 7 mile uphill run into the desert mountians! It was extremely tough and it took more than just individual efforts, the boys had to work as a team and push each other through it! They did awesome! The boys didn't even know that at the top of the mountian was this beautiful waterfall oasis.

This waterfall is in the middle of some desolate mountians and is very refreshing!
The boys were sooo happy after running 7 miles uphill to see the waterfalls!! And they were sooo grateful to all the coaches as well.
 
After the run and some other little activities, the boys were able to SAVOR a delicious meal from the "islands" prepared by our Executive Director!!
Here is Jerrod and Micah after a rough day at camp and still smiling!
Here is a few other students waiting patiently in line for their food. It smelled sooo good!!
There was BBQ pork and Chicken with "sticky" rice and some "special" chicken that the boys loved, but we couldn't get the recipe for, and some awesome watermelon concoction for a dessert!
Luke was trying really hard to not eat with his mouth open! Good manners Luke!
There wasn't alot of talking at the table due to the fact that the food was amazing and the boys were really tired.
After every event the coaches took the opportunity to relate the experiences the students just had, to real life and how the youth could use the things they learn at camp back at home and at the ranch!
Every time the coaches did the little meetings at the end of the experiences, it always got a little emotional from both students and staff. It was amazing to be a part of and I know the boys feel the same way!!
Here is your 2010 Football Team!! Go D-Backs!!

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