Bo Palmore

Former Halifax County High School three-sport athlete Bo Palmore speaks to the participants in the Halifax County High School “Football Is Life” youth football fundamental skills clinic held Tuesday at Halifax County High School.

Bo Palmore knows sports. He also knows well the many valuable life lessons sports and football impart to those who participate.

Palmore, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Danville, played two years of varsity football at Halifax County High School, was a member of the wrestling team all four of his high school years and played high school tennis for three years.

He served as manager of the University of Virginia football team for four years, served as an assistant football coach at Halifax County High School for three years, served as an assistant wrestling coach for four years and served a stint as a defensive coordinator on the football staff and as head wrestling coach at Randolph-Henry High School.

Life lessons he learned from his father, late former long-time Comets football coach Fred Palmore, and his mother, Michaeleen Palmore, a long-time guidance counselor at Halifax County High School, were reinforced through sports.

“Basically, every lesson I learned came from my parents, but sports ingrained those lessons into me,” Palmore explained Tuesday night following a talk he gave to the group of about 40 youngsters participating in the annual Halifax County High School “Football Is Life” fundamental skills clinic at Halifax County High School.

“You learn these lessons that 100% live with you as you go forward in life. There are so many things that I’ve learned through sports that have affected me and made me the person I am today and have allowed me to be successful.”

The first of three key points Palmore made to the gathering of young people was the importance of teamwork. Another was to always have a back-up plan and make adjustments. Finally, he pointed out to the youngsters to remember you are not alone and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Teamwork, Palmore says, is the most important lesson.

“In anything you do, whether it’s business, whether you’re building a house, or you’re an attorney, there are components to every job,” Palmore explained.

“In business, if you’re doing what you’re supposed to do but there is somebody that, for example, didn’t do the math correctly, it completely tears everything apart. On a house, if somebody hasn’t nailed things in right, or, if they haven’t measured correctly, they haven’t done their job, and the house falls down.

“As an attorney where I have experience, I’m sitting in court, and I’m doing the trial myself,” he continued.

“There are people in my office that pull records, do background checks on witnesses, and you have the police officers that conduct investigations. If somebody doesn’t do what they’re supposed to do along that chain, the case falls apart, and you’re not able to achieve the ultimate goal.”

Palmore told the youngsters they are not alone, and they need to surround themselves with good people.

“You’re not in this alone,” he told the clinic participants.

“You can’t do life alone. I see people every single day that come in and have gotten in trouble doing something. They say ‘I don’t know what else to do, I had nowhere to turn, so I stole something, or I didn’t have anywhere else to go, so I broke into this house.’

“You have to surround yourself with other people that are going to lift you up,” added Palmore.

“That’s a big lesson football taught me. You have to put the people around you that are going to make you be successful, and you’re all going to work together and accomplish the common goal. Ultimately, you’re going to be successful within that.”

Approximately 40 youngsters participated in Tuesday night’s opening clinic session where they received instruction in fundamental football skills from members of the Halifax County High School football coaching staff.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com