Home school students to hit the field with new varsity football team in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Organizers of the Roanoke Ambassadors didn't know what to expect when they put out the call for football players, but they now believe they will have enough to field a varsity team, and perhaps a junior varsity team as well.

The team has been holding a spring clinic this week at Fairview School in Roanoke. The team includes home school students, private school students and others. Leaders hope to play ten games in the fall against other teams in the region.

Athletes like Nayshawn Manning and Sampson Foutz say they've been looking forward to the opportunity.

"It's going great," Manning says, "just learning the plays and stuff, and meeting new people."

"The team's coming along," Foutz said. "We've still got a long way to go, but we're coming on quick."

Organizer Adam McKelvey says it's about giving all students the same athletic opportunity.

"I think kids should be treated the same regardless of where their parents choose to educate them," McKelvey said in an interview. "I think for lack of a better term, they shouldn't be treated as second class citizens because their parents choose to educate them in a way that's not traditional."

The Roanoke Ambassadors will return to Fairview School in Roanoke Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

And McKelvey says the Rocky Mount Warriors are having their spring clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Franklin County Rec Park in Sontag.