LIVINGSTON, NJ – Campers at the Pro Sports Experience New York Giants Youth Football Camp at Livingston High School ended their week of football training on Friday.
The Campers spent the week participating in drills and games, which helped give them the skills to play football. Additionally, campers had the chance to meet Perry Williams, Keith Elias, and Brian Saxton, who had visited the camp to speak to the campers and to spend time with them.
Campers reflected back upon a week filled with activity.
Connor, a student at Hillside Elementary School in Livingston, plays football as a linebacker and running back. “I like at the end how we always have scrimmages and play games” he said.
Connor also said that he came to the camp because of his love of football. “For the last couple of years, I’ve been doing the Lancers camp, and I wanted to do something new.”
Ronnie, 11, of Maplewood, is an offensive running back and quarterback, as well as a defensive linebacker. “I like how we get to make new friends and play around. When we play around we are still learning stuff.”
Rob, 9, of Summit, a linebacker, said he decided to go to the Giants Football Youth Camp a second time this summer. “I went to this camp two weeks ago and I had a really fun time, and I thought another time would be better.” Rob added that playing football outside was his favorite aspect of the camp.
Max, 9, of Montclair, doesn’t generally play football at school, but decided to attend the camp. “I really just wanted to learn the basics of football, and I decided to come here.”
“I like when we do the games at the end, and the punt, pass, and kick (exercises)” stated Anthony, 10, of Montville. Anthony is a defensive end and an offensive lineman.
Campers were occupied daily from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with activity.
“It was organized really well and went according to plan,” said Paul Live, the camp’s athletic director.
Throughout the week, campers had been split up by age, and based on the level of intensity they hoped for.
The last athletic events of camp were a “hula-hoop challenge” for campers aged 6-8, and a football game, which was called a super bowl, for campers age 9-13.
Younger campers were placed on either the red team or the blue team for the hula-hoop challenge. The game lasted seven minutes, and the blue team won 7-5.
Outside, the older campers were placed on two separate teams: the Giants and the Dolphins, for a super bowl. The Dolphins won the super bowl, 2-1.
Charlie Trentacosti, the camp’s director and head coach, said of the hula-hoop challenge that, “This gave them all the skills they needed, and they worked on it, and it gave them a game to play.”
Trentacosti emphasized that the camp helped campers learn not only football, but also life-long lessons in teamwork and leadership.
The last day of camp in Livingston was complete with an awards ceremony in which campers, who had spent time in groups working with one coach, received awards from their coach.
Awards included the Spirit of the Game award, Student of the Game award, a hustle award, and a playmaker award.
Additionally, camp-wide awards were given out for the camper with the strongest arm, for lineman offensive and defensive challenges, the top three fastest people in camp, an award for leadership, and an award given out by age for “punt, pass, and kick.”
Campers then had the opportunity to join in a raffle after winning tickets from the various relays campers participated in throughout the week. A drawing was then held for prizes, which included football helmets signed by the NFL players who visited the camp and an extra camp shirt.