After all the records and titles and successes, both large and small, Al Paturzo is packing it in as the driving force behind Susan Wagner High School's football program.
The winner of six PSAL city crowns has already said he won't be on the sidelines next season, and the school administration has yet to announce his replacement.
But there are some aspects of the coaching life that are easier to let go of than others.
And so it is that the 71-year-old Paturzo will be on the team bus early June 3 for the Falcon's annual ride to attend former New York Jets' head coach Eric Mangini's one-day instructional camp.
Today, The Carmine and Frank Mangini (CFM) Foundation and Slalom announced their successful partnership, which is helping children gain positive role models and realize their full potential.
Launched in 2002 by NFL Coach Eric Mangini and his brother Kyle, the Mangini brothers were inspired to build an organization that honored their late father. They wanted to help kids make good decisions through exposure to positive role models while reinforcing the message that the community cares about them and is deeply invested in their success. Over the past 15 years, the organization has been able to donate over $250,000 in the form of educational scholarships and grants, while holding an annual camp where kids learn football skills as a way to understand the importance of individual work ethic and teamwork.
In 2016, CFM Foundation was introduced to Slalom, the purpose-driven consulting firm that helps companies solve business problems and build for the future. Despite CFM’s exceptional participation at their yearly camp, they were struggling to realize their full potential and were drawn to Slalom Hartford’s thought leadership, core values, and passion to support community engagement. A pro-bono relationship followed, where Slalom brought a cross-disciplinary team to assess CFM’s current state maturity and business capabilities and develop a comprehensive 2017 strategy. With Slalom‘s support, the CFM Foundation Board now has a renewed purpose aligned behind a revised mission and vision. While maintaining outstanding execution around its defining event, CFM is actively expanding, and delivering on a prioritized list of strategic initiatives to ensure success in the coming years.
On June 4th , 2016, The Carmine & Frank Mangini Foundation hosted its 15th consecutive Football Fundamentals Camp at Bulkeley High School in Hartford, CT.
The camp boasted almost 500 student-athletes whose participation was made possible thanks to the immense support of volunteers and donors. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Kathryn Smith, the first female assistant coach in the NFL, were among key guests
at the event!
To read more about the event, click here.
On May 14th, the CFM Foundation held a fundraiser at the Red Rock Tavern located at 369 Capital Ave, Hartford, CT. Tickets for the event were $20 each and all proceeds benefited our annual football camp. The night of fun included appetizers, cash bar, a silent auction and a raffle.
The fundraiser was a success with over 75 people in attendance. The silent auction and raffle loot consisted of signed balls from Rob Gronkowski and Tedy Bruschi of the New England Patriots, a Jets helmet signed by Antonio Cromartie, Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis, a football signed by Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys, a mini San Francisco 49ers helmet signed by Vernon Davis, and a football sign by Anquan Boldin of the 49ers. We also held a tea cup raffle with giveaways including NFL team swag, CFM Foundation shirts and hats, and various gift cards.
A special thanks to all of our volunteers for their hard work and to the Red Rock Tavern for donating all of the food for the evening.