High School Football Player Killed at Practice While Performing Strength Drill Designed for Navy Seals
Absolutely heartbreaking news out of Long Island on Thursday, where an 11th grade student at Sachem High School East was killed when a training drill at an offseason football camp went horribly wrong.
Joshua Mileto, 16, was participating in the final days of an optional six-week strength and conditioning camp organized by Sachem’s football program. On Thursday morning Mileto and four other teammates were performing a drill that entailed carrying a wood log over their heads when the log fell and struck Mileto in the head.
The emergency call reporting Mileto’s injury came in at 8:40 a.m. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where, tragically, he was pronounced dead.
The log-carrying drill was originally designed for Navy SEALS, according to Bob O’Malley, president of the New York State Athletic Trainers Association. “I’ve never seen that drill in an athletic setting,” O’Malley told Newsday.
A woman who identified herself as Joshua’s mother in a post on Facebook said their family was “beyond devastated,” but thanked family, fiends, and members of the community for their “outpouring of love and support.”
In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, Sachem Central School District Superintendent Kenneth Graham said the distract has mobilized its Crisis Intervention Team, and that support services will be available to students and staff for as long as needed.
“The district is devastated by this horrific accident and words cannot express the grief we feel as a school community,” Graham wrote. “We extend our deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends during this terribly difficult time.”
Suffolk Homicide Squad detectives are investigating Mileto’s death and have already interviewed the six to seven coaches and trainers present during the fatal drill. Police say it has not yet been determined why the log was dropped, or whether wet grass or the weight of the log were factors. Either way, you can bet the coaches who decided to do the log-carrying drill are absolutely devastated.
At time of writing, a GoFundMe campaign set up by the Sachem East Touchdown Club had raised over $28,000 to help the Mileto family in their time of need.
Hat Tip – [Newsday]