Edison senior puts on football camp

More than 55 children participated in Edison High School senior Elijah Herrera's Get Skillz Football Camp on Sunday.

The one-day sports clinic for Huntington Beach youth was part of Herrera's senior project with the Center for International Business and Communication Studies program at Edison.

Herrera and his 2012 CIF Football Championship teammates taught children speed and agility drills from 1 to 3 p.m. in the front field at Edison, Herrera said. A $15 donation was suggested, with proceeds going toward the David Bolda Football Scholarship Memorial Fund.

About $1,000 was raised from the event, enough to pay for a season of Pop Warner football for two children, said Lisa Petrarca, Herrera's mother.

"I needed to do something good for the community and to better all the kids," said Herrera, 18. "The kids will get better by participating in the camp."

David Bolda, Herrera's grandfather, was a former police chief of Utah's Provo police department. After Bolda died in 2012, a fund was started to help Pop Warner athletes pay for their fees, Herrera said.

"He taught me to try and do something nice to somebody every single day; inspire to make the community around you better, to be a better person and do good for the world," Herrera said. "I took it to heart. I wear a wristband that says 'Care Today,' so it reminds me to do something nice for somebody else every day."


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