Registration

At 8 a.m., all 575 campers arrived at registration to discover what team they are on, get their camp shirts and wait to start their day. While they waited, campers ate donuts, hydrated and talked with each other in preparation for the day ahead. Before breaking up into their groups, they heard from Eric Mangini and listened to the National Anthem sang by Erin Bellucci.

Stretching

Before the athletes got started on their fundamentals break out sessions, they had a group stretch to prevent injuries and prepare to play.

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"It was a great day.  Coaches were hands on, experienced, knowledgeable and focused all day."

- Jack Luppino, first time camper

Skill Development

The breakout sessions focused on three areas: defense, conditioning and offense. The athletes benefited from five different seven minute drills that are specific to their positions. Thirty five minutes later, they rotated to the next session. Because of this, players were exposed to a wide range of drills that they can use after the camp, along with more coaching and repetitions. 

Speakers

Before lunch, the athletes got to hear from Michael Smith, Bryan Cox and Elisha Joseph. Smith shared about his experience as an ESPN commentator. Cox talked about his life as a player and as a coach in the NFL. Joseph, a four time CFM camper and graduate of Hartford High, returned to the camp to talk about the camp's influence of his own life and educational journey. He stressed to the campers the importance of not just being a great player, but also being an outstanding student and citizen. 

Lunch

After volunteers worked hard to make enough food to feed the hundreds of campers and their coaches, refs and other volunteers, everyone sat together and enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers. This is when players and coaches met and began to bond as a team for their upcoming 7 on 7 games.

7 on 7 Tournament:

After volunteers worked hard to make enough food to feed the hundreds of campers and their coaches, refs and other volunteers, everyone sat together and enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers. This is when players and coaches met and began to bond as a team for their upcoming 7 on 7 games.

Awards:

As the day came to an end, the awards ceremony recognized a winning team in each age group from the afternoon scrimmages with a CFM Fundamentals trophy.

The Carmine and Frank Mangini Foundation also honored ten outstanding campers with an iPad and new pair of cleats. These campers were recommended by their coaches for demonstrating all of the key intangibles: effort, competitiveness, teamwork and encouragement. 

Each camper went home with a gift bag stocked with items to remember the day, including a CFM fidget spinner.


Thank you to all of our volunteers, coaches and campers for making the 2017 Football Fundamentals Camp a success. We look forward to seeing you next year!