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Making it to breakfast
April 30, 2012James F Byrnes Freshman Academy
It is a tradition here at Byrnes High School that every year the football team participates in Breakfast of Champions.
Neither Coach Gillespie nor Coach Maus were sure of the exact date but it is thought that Breakfast of Champions started around 10 or 12 years ago as a team building method.
It is a five-day, hour-long, mini boot camp for anyone who wants to come out and participate.
The boys woke up every morning and come to BHS at 5:45 a.m. and were given breakfast around seven and then sent off to school.
It is here where they go through obstacles very early in the morning.
Some people wonder if the level of difficulty increases if Byrnes does not win the State Championship.
Tony Gillespie, coach for Byrnes High School, said, “Breakfast of Champions is awful if we lose, and it makes for a long off-season.”
There are many different descriptions of Breakfast of Champions.
Zach Talley, football player for BHS, said, “It’s like an insanity workout.”
Many other people describe Breakfast of Champions as mental and physical pain, which includes lots of running and strength training.
Jonathan Bunton, a coach for Byrnes High School, said, “Breakfast of Champions builds unity and finds the leaders in a group.”
Isiah Hill, freshman football player, said, “It’s mental and physical pain.”
After the end of the week Byrnes High School’s Touchdown Club comes and cooks breakfast for all of the players and the coaches.
On the last day, parents and siblings come out to watch the boys workout and to see who was strong enough to make it to breakfast.