Register Now for Chesapeake’s Free Summer Football Camp


This summer, young athletes in Chesapeake can brush up on their football skills for free by attending the 2017 Children Today, Leaders Tomorrow (CTLT) Football Camp.

The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office is inviting children ages 10 to 14 to register for the three-day camp, which will be held from June 29 to July 1 at the Colon L. Hall Stadium on Mount Pleasant Road. Boys and girls who attend school in Chesapeake are welcome to register.

Children can train with NFL players and coaches like Coach Elisha “Cadillac” Harris, who has coached football at high schools and colleges throughout Hampton Roads.

Coach Elisha “Cadillac” Harris and Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan at the 2016 CTLT Football Camp. (Photo courtesy Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office)

In addition to learning football skills, children can make friends and learn team-building concepts designed to prepare them for challenges they may face in the future.

The program is offered every year to Chesapeake children, and last year, more than 150 kids participated in the not-for-profit camp.

Last year’s volunteers included Detroit Lions cornerback Don Carey, Washington Redskins linebacker Lynden Trail and several players from Norfolk State University’s football team.

The camp’s volunteers collaborated to offer the children advice, friendship and constructive examples of how to be successful both on the field and out in the community.

“We are excited to bring NFL players to teach fundamental football skills and to share success stories and advice. This camp will enrich everyone that attends,” said Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan.

Sheriff O’Sullivan founded the “Children Today, Leaders Tomorrow” program in 2010 to give local children the opportunity to fulfill their potential with the guidance of community members who care about them.

(Photo courtesy Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office)

According to the program’s website, the goal for the camp extends beyond developing football skills. The program hopes that attendees will walk away with excellent life skills, and wants to help young people bring out strengths that are already there.

Last year, the camp closed with playoff games, a championship game and a family cookout.

To register, download a registration form, fill it out and return it to the Sheriff’s Office at 401 Albemarle Drive.

Register by June 12 to get a camp t-shirt. Walk-ons will also be accepted if space is available.

Learn more about other summer camps offered in Hampton Roads in the hrScene Summer Camp Guide.

hrScene Summer Camp Guide