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 bagels, 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.
Before the athletes got started on their fundamentals break out sessions, they had a group stretch to prevent injuries and prepare to play.
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.
"It was a great day. Coaches were hands on, experienced, knowledgeable and focused all day."
- Jack Luppino, first time camper
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.
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 players refueled, they headed to one of the thirty fields to scrimmage. In these 7 on 7 scrimmages, players got to work on the skills they learned in the morning and bond quickly with a group of new teammates from 60 different schools, 48 different towns and five different states.
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.
2017 7 on 7 Winning Teams and coaches:
New York Jets - John Morton
Chicago Bears - Julio Martinez
Jacksonville Jaguars - John Campanello
& Matt McKinnon
Arizona Cardinals - Kavin Banks
Alabama Crimson Tide - Tyrone Elliott
Texas Longhorns - Duane Davis
Ohio State Buckeyes - Roger Pearl
California Golden Bears - Clifford Lazarre
2017 Outstanding Campers:
Ezakah Artps – Hillhouse High School
Keron Askew – Bulkeley High School
Giovanni Figueroa – Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy Springfield
Ryan Gooradt – Wilby High School
Frank Griffin – Plainville High School
Hayden Jordan – Sport & Medical Sciences Academy
Bernardo Mbaya – Crosby High School
Mahari Miller – Springfield Central High School
Joemar Scott – Hartford Public High School
Zinodene Stewart – Hartford Public High School