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Gridiron Summer Football Camp Prepares Players for the Fall

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Miami Dolphin Leonte Carroo helped coach players at Gridiron Football Camp. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Coach Adam Baeira talks to the players on the first day of camp. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Members of the Hasbrouck Heights High School varsity football team helped at camp. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Each day started with warm ups, including running and stretching. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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One of the daily skills contests. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Drills helped develop eye/hand coordination and concentration. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Drills helped develop both offensive and defensive skills. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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A player develops speed and ball-handling skills during a drill. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Tug-of-war developed strength and teamwork. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Miami Dolphins Leonte Carroo spoke to the players at the end of day one. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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There was time for selfies during the autograph session. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Razohnn Gross and some of the players in a pose off after autographs on the first day. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Players face off during camp. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Former Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova spoke to the players Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Gary Nova signed autographs for players. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The Anti-Bully Squad talked about the importance of standing up to bullies. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Guest speakers autographed items after day two. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Players got to test their new skills in games Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Hasbrouck Heights varsity players celebrate a touchdown with the youth players. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Inspirational guest speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez addressed the players. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Players snip a piece of parachute from Gonzalez' presentation. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Coach Baeira (second from the left) and his camp coaches. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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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. 

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