As part of our launch during August, TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro, will look back at newsworthy events that happened earlier in 2017 that did not get coverage. 

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- It was the second week of July, when kids should have been at the pool or down the shore. But 75 youth football players were at Hasbrouck Heights' Depken Field for the fourth annual Gridiron Summer Football Camp. Run by current Hasbrouck Heights’ offensive coordinator Adam Baeira, it was open to players age 7 to 14, with campers coming from 10 Bergen County towns.

Each day consisted of warm-ups, skills relays, specific position training, and scrimmage games. The day was rounded out by a special guest speaker, who encouraged the players, took photos and signed autographs.

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The camp staff included former Rutgers and Don Bosco quarterback Gary Nova, Don Bosco running back coach Ignacio Urbino, Wayne Valley Offensive coordinator Eddie Suri, Lakeland Regional Line Coach Matt Keyzer, and Montclair State quarterback and Hasbrouck Heights native Darren Iurato. In addition, members of the Hasbrouck Heights varsity football team assisted with drills and games.

This year’s guest speakers included Miami Dolphins wide receiver Leonte Caroo; ex-Colts defensive back David Caldwell, former Eagles running back Kevin Monangai, Rutgers wrestler Razohnn Gross, professional boxer Julian Rodriguez, and motivational speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez. 

“We received great feedback from parents about the guest speakers who had such a positive impact on our campers,” Baeira said. “The kids had a blast and learned something other than football. That's what it's all about.”

Another important returning component to camp is the partnership with the Anti-Bully Squad, whose mission is to create a permanent solution to bullying through education, awareness, and prevention.