Gladiator Days is the culmination of all the hard work that football put into the spring and early summer
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY-TV) — Gladiator Days is a Yuma Catholic football tradition that has been around since 2008. It’s also the only one of its kind in Yuma.
“We’re going to do hurdle races, tire flips, sled pulls, sack throws, all kinds of things like that,” Yuma Catholic head football coach Rhett Stallworth said. “It’s like a form of relay, so we put the players in teams, mix them up, older guys with younger guys, just trying to get them to compete. They also put all the hard work to the test. and everything they’ do in the weight room.”
After the days of Gladiator, players enjoy a well-deserved week of vacation away from football.
“We’re building camaraderie and it’s Friday night when they’re done, we’re going to feed them, we’re having a barbecue,” Stallworth said. “We know where they’ve been all night, it’s a good thing for them and by the time they’re done they’re ready to go home and sleep.”
Yuma Catholic will begin training camp at the end of July. They open the football season with a home game in September against the Benjamin Franklin Chargers.