One of the perils of playing a fall sport is that practices tend to begin in August during the tail end of summer vacation, before the temperature has a had a chance to cool or your internal clock has had a chance to reset to early-morning activities.
Football and I spent exactly one year together during high school. The relationship ended on good terms. There was no hostility or animosity, but the magic just wasn’t there.
But I still remember those August two-a-day practices.
Hot. Sticky. Exhausting.
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As much as I longed for air conditioning, I welcomed the warm feeling that seeped from my heart at lunch when parent volunteers arrived with plates of sandwiches.
I would have described that feeling as priceless — and I was wrong.
The State College Area Football Booster Club will host its first community 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday in Circleville Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the $25 fee going to the cost of team dinners, equipment and, of course, Gatorade throughout the season.
Participants will join many of the almost 300 State College Area football players in grades eight through 12 on the Circleville Park trail.
Aside from the opportunity to get a jump-start on their physical conditioning, Margie Swoboda, a member of the booster club, hopes the 5K will also reunite players under a common cause weeks before the first practice whistle blows.
“It’s an activity for them to do some team-building,” Swoboda said
In years past, the booster club has typically hosted golf tournament fundraisers, but this season, Swoboda said, they wanted to do something that got the players more involved before their annual neighborhood coupon blitz Aug. 3.
Registration for the 5K is open on active.com and, so far, the response has been positive, especially among those near and dear to the athletes.
“We are getting families, which is what we wanted,” Swoboda said.