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Walter Camp Football Foundation hosts ‘Stay in School Rally’ at Hillhouse High School, visits sick kids at CT Children’s Medical Center

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Walter Camp Football Foundation weekend began Thursday with hospital visits to kids in Hartford, and a ‘Stay in School Rally’ in New Haven. It will end Saturday with the All-American team honored.

One of Walter Camp’s signature events is the foundation’s hospital visits. Thursday morning, CT Player-of-the-Year, Christian Montano, and others stopped at the CT Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Kids were thrilled to see Sir Purr, the Carolina Panthers’ mascot.

It made the day for Eli of Waterbury and his mom. The little guy is in the hospital after swallowing a tack that puncturing a hole in his lung. He was trying to mimic a trick he saw on YouTube.

Later Thursday morning at Hillhouse High School, the Walter Camp ‘Stay In School Rally’ kicked off with about 3,700 students from across the area taking part at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

The kids got some words of encouragement from some former star athletes and our own group of News 8 superstars: Ann Nyberg, John Pierson, and Alyssa Taglia.

“You can be whatever you want in life, dream big…but it’s true; sometimes it may sound corny or cliche, but it’s true.”

– News 8’s Alyssa Taglia

The rally is part of ‘Walter Camp Week,’ the goal is to encourage nearly 2,000 middle school students to stay in school.

The 53rd annual Walter Camp Foundation dinner will be held this Saturday night.

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