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Crusaders have good week at NFL's HSPD Camp at JFK

Posted Monday, June 13, 2005 by Mike ODonnell
The Crusaders did a very good job in this weeks NFL sponsored HSPD camp at JFK in Bronx. Players were put thru 5 nights of academic, speed & agility training & individual skills training. Then competed in 7 on 7's & One on One lineman drills. Paul Mohan, Steve Meys, Justin Kolman, Paul Faia & Mathew Joseph had very good weeks. They all got alot out of camp. All of them have been working very hard in off season. It also gave coaches a good chance to see what Kevin Royal & Sahaad Slowley had to offer. The coaches were very impressed with the freshman players.
Camp was attended by Stepinac, Fordham Prep, JFK, Yorktown, Cardinal Hayes, Lehman, Harlem Hellfighters & Mount Vernon High Schools
Week started with a academic night. The academic coach talked about what it takes to get into college [ clearing house ]. He also talked about how important an education is, that only about 4 to 5 % of kids at camp can play at college level. Even less have shot at pros. That is why education is so important.
The next 4 days the players did drills & speed work to make them better players & people. The NFL has started this program to help train the future football players on Life's choices & football skills. It is a great program & all who attended really saw a great return for thier hard work.
Camp ended with academic coach talking about the week. How each player has choices to make if he wants to be successful. The right choices could lead him to college, a successful career or a great life. Wrong choices can lead to no college, struggles in life or even trouble with the law. Every person has these choices in life. The ones who make the right ones are rewarded for thier hard work & are successful.
Hopefully the boys will pass on what they have learned to others in our program. HSPD will be run every year the 2 nd week of May for football players who are not competeing in another sport & who are showing they want to work hard to get better in the sport of football. Stepinac thanks the NFL for remembering the High School football players, they are the backbone of the future of the NFL. We would also like to thank the all the coaches who donated thier time to help these young men grow.

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