Football camp teaches kids valuable lessons both on and off the field

Roy Watterson says these kids need a safe place to go with so much gun violence plaguing the city.

News 12 Staff

Jul 27, 2021, 11:05 AM

Updated 1,063 days ago

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A football camp in Poughkeepsie is teaching kids valuable lessons both on and off the field.
When drills aren't happening, Roy Watterson, a life-long Poughkeepsie resident and local high school and Marist College football standout, is trying to take campers under his wing to put them on the right path. "Honestly, to show them love and respect. A lot of kids aren't getting it when they're at home so I'm going to give it to them while they're down here," says Watterson.
Watterson says these kids need a safe place to go with so much gun violence plaguing the city. "What we're trying to implement is father figures to these kids. You see a lot of violence in the city of Poughkeepsie right now. And mainly, I'm trying to stop that with my program I have here."
The camp is completely free and, sometimes, Watterson even dips into his own pocket for things like cleats and food. "Just imagine, some kids come in here with just slippers on. They didn't have anything. Some kids look for breakfast before. 'Coach, is breakfast coming?' We got you."
The camp staff is here without a paycheck, doing what they can to make a difference in these young lives too.


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