The Carmine & Frank Mangini Foundation

Football Fundamentals Camp

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. 

Camp History

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 and this number has grown to an average of 550 players, 150 coaches, and 200 volunteers today.

The Coach Graham Martin MVP Award


The Coach Graham Martin MVP Award is our highest honor that acknowledges those players at our Annual Football Fundamentals Camp who display the highest level of dedication, discipline, and work ethic. 

This honorary award commemorates the impact of Graham "Coach" Martin and his contributions to our community and the Foundation. During his career, Coach Martin has left an invaluable impact on all in the greater Hartford community both as a teacher and the Head Football Coach for Bulkeley High School during his career that spanned over 40 years. Since the Foundation's inception, Coach Martin's tireless efforts set forth the vision for what CFM has become today and his leadership has set the example for all who support the Foundation.

Our camp is made possible by our sponsors, board members, and incredible volunteers and coaches/players from both the local community and NFL community. Thank you to everyone who supports our camp!

2019 Camp Sponsors



2019 Camp winners


2018 camp winners


2017 camp winners


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