Chatham Football Team Builds Camaraderie, Goes 'All In' with Overnight Camp

Owen McCaffrey gets his plate filled by football mom Laura Agnew Credits: TAP Chatham
Cougar junior James Ehler drops off his gear in gym for Monday night sleepover at the high school Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham football moms and sister, l to r: Cathy Pacchia, Alyson Carlin, Laura Agnew, Sarah Schelling and Jane Schelling
Chatham football players brought sleeping bags for their sleepover in the CHS gym Credits: TAP Chatham
Ryan McArthur gets his filet mignon at Cougar football team dinner in cafeteria Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Cougars at team meal, l to r: Quinn Kelly, Pete Schelling, Max Schelling and Connor Harrington Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham coach Jason Izsa thanks the Chatham moms for setting up the team dinner Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Filet mignon for dinner, a motivational speech and then a movie before lights out and a night's sleep on the gym floor culminated the first day of football practice for the Chatham High Cougars.

Chatham head coach Jason Izsa is stressing an "All In" team approach in 2017 and it started on Monday with the first of two nights eating, sleeping and training at the high school - a first for the program.

"The idea is to get these guys to work together," Izsa said. "Steve Trivino (assistant coach) had brought it up. We used to take the kids to Millerville University (in Pennsylvania) when (Don) Morgenroth was the coach. None of these guys remember it because it was last year's seniors who (last) went when they were freshmen.

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"Let them eat, sleep and do some bonding. Learn how to get along with each other not just on the football field, but off the football field."

Coach Steve Trivino gives a backstory on welcoming the sophomores to the varsity team

The team also heard from motivational speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez, a teacher from Union City whose motivational speech to the New York Giants helped inspire a run to the 2011 Super Bowl.

"He does a whole concept of 'All In' and that's what were modeling our season on this year," Izsa said.

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