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April 27, 2012

Taylor students participate in Colts football camp to stay fit

Kokomo — Second-grader Chloe McKay zigged and zagged through obstacles, pumped her arms in a dead sprint and dived head first into a foam dummy — tackling it to the ground.

She picked herself up, brushed strands of hair out of her eyes and ran to tell her friends all about it.

Chloe and her classmates at Taylor Primary School participated in the Colts Big Blue Football Camp Thursday at the Taylor High School football field.

“Are you ready for some football?” former Colts player Mike Prior asked the kids.

“Yeah!” they screamed in reply.

He told them to get down in an athletic stance.

“Bend the knees,” he said. “Arms out. Thumbs up.”

The students followed his lead.

He told them they were finally ready to practice some of the drills that real football players use.

The drills included the quarterback challenge, wide receiver dive for winning touchdown catch and team relays.

Losers of the team relay had to drop and do five push-ups. It’s all about being active, Prior said.

The Colts organization started hosting the camps at elementary schools free of charge nine years ago when schools were cutting physical education classes, Prior said.

He said it’s important that children get enough exercise.

“Kids are just not as active now a days,” he said. “They sit in front of a TV and play Xbox.”

On Thursday, though, Taylor Primary and Intermediate School students broke a sweat playing football.

“I try to get them moving as quick as they can,” Prior said.

The Colts alum chased kids through the obstacle courses yelling, “Move. Move. Move.”

A few little girls pranced through the drills slowly. But it was full speed ahead for Chloe.

She declared that the quarterback sack was her favorite.

The drill had students back pedal through some obstacles before running and tackling a foam dummy.

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