the football fundamentals camp
This one-day, non-contact camp stresses fundamentals, form, and technique with the primary objective of focusing on quality instruction for each player in a fun atmosphere.
Our hope is to teach the skills needed to make better football players and to stimulate general interest in the game of football, while promoting the concept of teamwork. Camp lessons emphasize the importance of developing self-confidence, trust, discipline, a positive self-image and a good work ethic. We take advantage of every minute spent with the players during this intense and up-beat day.
Each year, The CFM Foundation holds a Football Fundamentals mini camp. At the camp, NFL players and coaches join other professional coaches and staff to teach young people the principles, mechanics, and ethics of high-level competitive football for one full day. The counselors, many of whom are sports heroes of the students, stress the importance of education, hard work, and character development, relating each pillar back to success both on and off the field. Football skills are taught as a mechanism for illustrating the importance of individual work ethic and teamwork.
The CFM Foundation held its inaugural Camp on June 15, 2002 in Hartford, Connecticut in conjunction with the Tebucky Jones Youth Foundation. Several NFL players and coaches acted as volunteer instructors, as did coaches from regional universities. The Connecticut Association of High School Referees provided referees and the Hartford Police Department provided volunteer officers for security. An additional fifty volunteers managed registration, catering and general organization. Approximately 250 students participated in the Camp in 2002.
In June 2011, more than 700 students participated in the ninth annual Football Camp. Over 120 NFL players and NFL and college coaches, alongside more than 200 volunteers, helped make the one-day camp a success. The camp continues to grow tremendously each year.
2018 Football Fundamentals Camp
Thanks to all of the players, coaches, volunteers, and sponsors for helping to make this year's camp another huge success!
- We look forward to seeing you next year -
7 on 7 Winning Teams
Pac 12: Stanford Cardinal - Coach Rashid Thomas (Springfield Central High School)
Big 12: Iowa State Cyclones - Coach Joe Perusse (Wilby High School)
Big 10: Ohio State Buckeyes - Coach Ben Toro (Springfield Central High School)
SEC: Auburn Tigers - Coach Jason DeLawrence (Classical High School) and Coach Justin Freeman (UConn)
West: Denver Broncos - Coach Geno Caro (Fast Lane Sports)
North: Cincinnati Bengals - Coach Randell Bennet (Cromwell High School) and Coach Nathan Tyler (Southern Connecticut)
South: Jacksonville Jaguars - Coach John Campanello (Wethersfield High School) and Coach Frank Robinson (Hall High School)
East: Buffalo Bills - Coach Frank Hauser (Tufts University)
Keron Askew - Hartford Public HS
Sean Bell - Platt HS
Brandon Bish - Bloomfield High School
Jaydon Gardener - East Hartford High School
Tonius Gedeon - A.I. Prince Tech
Gamar Heath - Putnam Vocational Technical Academy (Springfield, MA)
Collin James - Springfield Central High School
Jacob Rivera - Wethersfield High School
Dalynn Smith - Classical High School (Providence, RI)
Zahrae Webb - Sports & Medical Sciences Academy
approx. 8 am - 4 pm
> Registration - Player arrival and sign-in
> Players Meeting - Staff introductions, camp rules, and expectations for the day
> Skill Development Circuits - Three rotations of offense, defense, and strength and conditioning breakout sessions (approx. 35 min each)
> Speakers - NFL and volunteer coaches speak to players
> 7-on-7 Tournaments - Players are assigned to teams and begin scimages
> Awards Ceremony - Winners in each age group; outstanding players
Click to visit photo galleries from previous camps.