ECU football camp goes on despite the extreme heat

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The dog days of summer have arrived here in eastern North Carolina. And feels like temperatures well into the 100’s complicates things at outdoor summer camps, like the ECU Fantasy Football Camp. Twenty kids got the chance to see what it takes to be an E-C-U football player.

Ryan Martin helped organized the event: “These kids were able to come out here, experience football, get on the field, something that they probably don’t typically get to do. It just gives them an awesome experience to be able to come out here and learn what it takes to be an East Carolina football player.”

This is the first year for the camp, and soaring temperatures meant some last minute changes to the day’s schedule.

“We were hoping it was gonna be a little cooler but with it being as hot as it is, we did bring the football activity on the field earlier to hopefully get them at an earlier stage where it wasn’t gonna be as hot and also we made sure they were well hydrated” said Martin.

The kids also got the chance to go behind the scenes at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, touring the press box and weight room and getting to watch their favorites on the practice field.

Brion Grimes explained his experience at the camp: “It was real fun, but I bet the football players over there practicing probably might be hot. I feel kind of bad for them.”

And just like the players on the team, these kids took plenty of water breaks between drills.

“It was fun. I liked it but it was too hot” said Grimes.

Organizers plan to make weather a bigger factor for next year.

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