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BBQ Chicken University: Dads launch summer sports league

A group of dads in Pennsylvania are making sure the children in their neighborhood keep active and engaged in their community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A group of dads in Pennsylvania are making sure the children in their neighborhood keep active and engaged in their community during the coronavirus pandemic.

They call it “Barbecue Chicken University,” and the dedicated dads have cooked up a fun summer sports camp, bringing smiles to a growing number of boys and girls.

The name came from a slogan previously used by David Anderson, a former semi-pro tight end, after dynamic plays.

"I'm just a goofy guy. I just said, 'Hey, this is Barbecue Chicken University, where we're teaching you how to be a playmaker,'" Anderson said.

Anderson started the sports camp with his son in their community outside of Pittsburgh.

Parents of participating athletes say Barbecue Chicken University teaches teamwork, responsibility, competition and respect.

The group even got a surprise guest recently: local police officer Chris Shell, who took returned after responding to the camp a few weeks ago after a neighbor complained that people were disturbing the peace.

"He was really positive about it and he said he wanted to come back," Anderson said.

Shell ended up answering the young students' questions about the recent protests for equality.

"It allows the kids to familiarize with law enforcement, let them know that not all cops are bad cops and, you know, be comfortable with them, talk to them, have a conversation," Anderson said.

Anderson said he'll keep offering the program, especially during this time in their lives when positive influences mean the most.

"We get a pretty good outcome, you know, the kids are loving it," he said. "They come back every day with smiles, they compete with smiles. What more can you ask for?"