New Orleans Saints invite W.Va. teams impacted by flooding to training camp

New Orleans Saints invite W.Va. teams impacted by flooding to training camp

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New Orleans Saints invite W.Va. teams impacted by flooding to training camp

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during the NFL football teams training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley) ORG XMIT: WVCTOT124

Sean Payton is expected to speak to school teams during training camp Sunday. (Photo: Chris Tilley, Associated Press)

Two West Virginia schools whose football teams were deeply impacted by flooding in June on the Elk River have been invited to the New Orleans Saints training camp on Sunday, according to the Charleston Gazette Mail.

Players and coaches from Herbert Hoover High (Clendenin) and Elkview Middle School will bus down to Saints camp in White Sulphur Springs and are expected to watch practice and then get a pep talk from Saints coach Sean Payton.

The visit was arranged through Chad Pennington’s First and 10 Foundation. Pennington, a former NFL All-Pro quarterback, began the foundation to improve the quality of life in southern West Virginia, east Tennessee and surrounding areas.

“It helps us out and it’s just something to get our kids’ minds off stuff,” Hoover football coach Tim Meyer told the Gazette Mail. “It’s a great opportunity for all of them. All our kids are saying they’re going.’’

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