It was a event designed with fun in mind.
"We do obstacle courses, tricycle relays," said Spoto High School junior Alejandro Montas.
"We played baseball, shot-put, like obstacles and stuff like that," said Spoto High School junior Adriano Batista.
The J.R.O.T.C. event held at Spoto High School in Riverview drew squads from 18 Florida schools.
Everything was going according to plan, until the sun got in the way of the good time as the heat index approached triple digits.
"It's a hot day, kids were doing different types of competitions like obstacle courses," said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Spokesman Ronnie Rivera. "Nine students from different schools just got dehydrated and had some type of symptoms of heat exhaustion."
Four of those students were taken to the hospital but officials with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says everybody will be ok.
Spoto students who participated weren't the least bit surprised that the heat got the best of a few of their colleagues.
"It was really, really hot. Like very very hot," said Montas. "There was multiple people passing out man, it was just so hot."
They say J.R.O.T.C. members stepped up when someone went down.
"Most of us if they were passed out in our event we would go up to them and put cold water on their arms," said Spoto High School junior David Ramos.
The students say this happened despite administrators making sure everyone got enough fluids.
"Our commander, our master chief, our chief they were giving us a lot of water, they made sure we were hydrated," said Montas.
Everyone is glad the nine students who needed treatment will be ok, and say this will serve as a lesson that you need plenty of fluids to beat the heat.
"That's what we had to do because this sun was not playing today," said Batista.
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