18 Bridgeport students attend Pylon Virginia football camp thanks to nonprofit, $15K from community

Eighteen Bridgeport student athletes got the opportunity to attend a prestigious football camp in Richmond, Virginia.

News 12 Staff

Apr 28, 2021, 5:12 PM

Updated 1,123 days ago

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Eighteen Bridgeport student athletes got the opportunity to attend a prestigious football camp in Richmond, Virginia.
The Pylon 7 on 7 camp is observed by national scouts and players who are at the top of their game. With the help of the Bridgeport Community and the nonprofit 'The Color of positive Thought,' brothers Jailon and Sammy Denny were among those chosen to attend the camp for the sport they love.
"Football just built my character, and I just fell in love with the sport at a young age," Jailon says.  
Harry Bell, the president of Color of Positive Thought made it happen.
"The pylon program is a huge circuit, and I wanted to get our kids a chance to get looked at and give them an experience they can have for a lifetime," Bell says.
With the help of the community, Bell was able to raise $15,000.
The eighteen Bridgeport players and coaches stayed in Richmond for four nights and played with kids from around the country.
"They don't have to have the same skill level, but they can play with the best. They are not less than the best. They can do it," Bell says.
No. 1 and No. 23 have dreams to play Division 1football in college.
Jailon is a quarterback, and Sammy is an outside linebacker.
"Just to spend time with them, laugh, and compete against other people, people that we don't normally compete with to have that faith and trust in them felt good," Sammy says. 
They say the experience was better than any trophy.
"We didn't win and get a trophy, we won against the odds, and the way back is like we took on the world and we won," Bell says. 
For more information about how to donate to Color a Positive Though, click here


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