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Brookfield’s annual Camelot Park Turkey Bowl brings dozens together yearly

Posted at 5:26 PM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 18:26:26-05

BROOKFIELD, Wis — It’s a simple turkey bowl, but the Camelot Park Turkey Bowl in Brookfield has gone on for the past 11 years.

It started as a small gathering between three families looking to teach kids about the game of football. Now more than 70 people play in the annual Camelot Park games.

“We had two families with four little girls who didn’t know how to play football,” said organizer Carver Smith. “We wanted to get a little exercise [and] introduce them to a game.”

More than 70 players helped make up the 10 teams that played between three fields. College students back in town played alongside kids and parents.

“The first couple years, I [played],” said Susan Verhagen, a mother. “Now, I like chatting with my girlfriends on the sidelines.”

In its eleventh year, the goal remains the same: bringing the community together while showing other neighborhoods the strength a simple game could bring to a community.