Training camp officially began today for the Washington Redskins at Bon Secours Training Center. There was a lot of excitement and anticipation leading up to today. For 50 members of our Armed Forces the excitement level was especially high. In a once-in-a-lifetime experience, local members of every branch of the military trained like the Redskins as part of USAA's NFL Boot Camp.
Each of the 50 invited participants competed in five drills like the ones used to evaluate players at events like the Combine and NCAA Pro days. The event began bright and early at 7:30 and wrapped up promptly at 9:00 A.M. Each Boot Camp participant received a jersey, sweatbands, and a towel. After warming up, the Boot Camp began. Each person got a chance to compete in Pass & Catch, Kneeling Power Ball Launch, Tackling Dummy Relay, Sled Push, and The Gauntlet.
After the event, each of the participants was invited to stay in a VIP viewing location to watch the Redskins team practice, before meeting the players after the conclusion of practice.
The Boot Camp event represents the evolution of military appreciation events that USAA and the Redskins create to foster an understanding and appreciation for the local military community. USAA is the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the Washington Redskins.