High school athletes get taste of Soldier training
July 29, 2014
FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 30, 2014) -- Eighteen Calvary Christian High School football players got the opportunity to train like Soldiers July 24 at the Downing Mile and Warrior Training Center.
"We've been working hard this summer," said head coach Brian Osborne. "This is a way to see if that hard work's been paying off."
He said the obstacle courses get the athletes to encourage each other and practice teamwork, which is important on the football field.
"Especially with the younger guys, they are seeing that they can push themselves and succeed," Osborne said. "A lot of them were kind of scared on some of these obstacles, but they got through them and you could see the big smile on their face when they see that they can accomplish something if they try."
Junior Jacob Bland said he had some difficulty on the obstacles, but with the encouragement of his teammates - was able to overcome his fears.
"These obstacles are pretty difficult," said Stephen Galloway, senior. "They really test your endurance and your perseverance. Once you get through them you feel like you did a pretty good job ... (because) this is some of the stuff Rangers do. So you get a sense of self-satisfaction."
Galloway said he thinks the obstacles will really help him with his football skills.
"During the fourth quarter, you get a little tired and you want to slack off a little bit - but when you know you've done this while your also pretty tired ... you know you can push through and keep on going," he said.