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High school football players compete in army boot camp

Posted at 5:30 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 19:27:13-05

FORT HOOD, TX — A group of Central Texas varsity football players got to see a little of what it's like to be soldiers on Wednesday.

The Harker Heights Recruiting Center and III Corps Fort Hood hosted the first ever High School Varsity Football Team Army Boot Camp competition and military installation tour.

More than 100 varsity football players and coaches came together from Harker Heights High School and Killeen High School to compete in obstacle courses, eat like soldiers and watch a demonstration from the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment.

"Giving them the opportunity to be a part of the team before actually joining the team you know seeing what we do as soldiers," shared SFC Leroy Betts, U.S. Army Recruiter who helped create the event.

During the last three years, only Harker Heights varsity football players got the chance to take part in the army boot camp, however Wednesday marked the first time Killeen High School varsity football players got the chance to get in on the fun.

The Killeen Kangaroos won that competition, taking the trophy home