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Volunteers use football to educate young people on bullying

OCILLA, GA (WALB) -

Some South Georgia volunteers are using football to teach important off the field lessons.

Bullying is far too common in schools and in sports.

In Ocilla two forward-thinking coaches David Pollard and Darrell Ross and a few volunteers held their 8th annual Stop Bullying football camp.

The aim of the camp: Instill in kids the fundamentals on and off the field.

“We trying to teach the kids the love. Trying to get along with each other. It ain’t all about the sports. Sometimes you got to learn to teach them about life.," said Darrell Ross, Camp Co-operator.

Ross experienced things in his life he hopes to keep the camp participants from.

“God helped me and I know he can help them. He gave me this to help these kids and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since I changed my life,” continued Ross.

After taking part in the camp as a kid, Irwin County high school running back David Pollard is now volunteering.

“I just want to show people that you don’t have to wait until you get to the college level or the pros to give back to your community. I wanted to come out here and help the little kids get better and give them something to do let them stay out of trouble," said David Pollard, Irving County High School running back.

Malachi Hadden holds true to what he was taught. And he knows the camp is bigger than the extensive football drills.

“Making the little kids better. And teach them stop being a bully. Be a leader not a follower," said Malachi Hadden.

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